Coats does not comment on reports of Trump asking NSA director to push back against FBI's Russia investigation

"It's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that," Director Coats told the Senate Armed Services committee today.
2:29 | 05/23/17

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Transcript for Coats does not comment on reports of Trump asking NSA director to push back against FBI's Russia investigation
According to the portion post story this morning. President trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation. In a possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government according to current and former officials. Trump made separate appeals to the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. And admiral Michael Asch Rogers the director. Of the NSA urging them. To publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during that. 2016. Elections coats and Rogers refused to comply with the request which they've both teams to be. An appropriate. He said inaccurate. Reporting. Director coach. Ms. chairman as the president's principal intelligence advisor. Fortunate to be able they need to spend significant amount of time with the president discussing. The national security interest and intelligence. As it relates to those interest. We scuff the number of Taka topics. Very regular basis. I have always. Believe that they given the nature. Of my position and the information in which we shared. It's not appropriate for me to. A comment publicly. On any of that so on this topic. That's Wallace of the topics. I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize. Discussions and conversations which president. And isn't it true that some of these leaks can be damaging to national security. Director coat. Leaks of that becoming very significant. Played very significant negative role relative to our NASA security. The release of information. Not only undermines confidence in our allies. But our ability to. Maintained secure. Information that we share Wear them. If that jeopardizes sources and methods that are invaluable to our ability to find out what's going on and what those threats are.

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