Coats testifies that his conversations with Trump will remain private

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According to a Washington Post report released on Tuesday, Trump asked newly confirmed director of national intelligence Daniel Coats in March if he could intervene in the FBI investigation into Mike Flynn:

“The request by Trump, after less than a week on the job for Coats, came after a briefing at the White House. After conferring with colleagues, Coats declined the president’s request. The president then followed up a day or two later with a phone call to Coats asking him to issue a public statement that there was no evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians. Coats again declined. Trump also asked the head of the National Security Agency Mike Rogers, who also rebuffed the president’s request to make a public statement.”

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Coats refused to talk about his conversations with Trump stating, “I don’t believe it’s appropriate for me to address (conversations with President Trump) in a public session.”

A spokesman for Coats’ office told the Post in a statement: “Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President. However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations.”

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