The Washington Post reported on Monday that back in March Donald Trump asked two top intel officials to speak out publicly against the Russia investigation, denying the existence of any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.
According to the report, Trump asked Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to make a public statement that the his campaign had no ties to Russia.
The two intel chiefs refused the president’s request, saying that is was inappropriate.
But according to the report, Trump wasn’t the only one trying to intervene with the FBI’s Russia investigation. Senior White House officials also asked how they could intervene with former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation.
“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official reportedly asked.
“The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals,” a White House spokesperson told the Post. “The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people.”