Top Intel Chief Shoots Down Washington Post Scoop

Coats contradicts report Trump pressured him on Russia investigation

The nation’s top intelligence official essentially shot down a bombshell report that President Trump tried to interfere in the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his associates with Moscow.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence committee on Wednesday morning that, “In my time of service, which is interacting with the President of the United States or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured, I’ve never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation.”

Coats initially declined to make any comment at all on the matter, stating, “I do not feel it is appropriate for me in a public session to breach confidential conversations between the president and myself in a public session,” and, “I don’t think this is the appropriate venue to do this in.”

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