Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe

Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe
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Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Pentagon lists construction projects at risk from emergency declaration | Officials deny report on leaving 1,000 troops in Syria | Spy budget request nears B Trump administration requests nearly B for spy budget Dems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump MORE told House investigators Thursday that President Trump repeatedly asked him to publicly announce there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, NBC News reported.

Coats' comments to investigators line up with previous reporting that Trump asked multiple officials to confirm the status of the investigation publicly.

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Coats previously wouldn't comment when asked by Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-senator challenges Trump to get X-rays proving he had bone spurs during Vietnam draft McSally spoke with Trump, said McCain deserved respect Trump rolls dice on uncertain economy MORE (R-Ariz.) whether Trump had made the request.

“I have always believed, given the nature of my position and the information which [the president and I] share, it’s not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that,” Coats said in May.

Coats explained in May that his opposition to making the comments requested by Trump would violate his policy against presenting intelligence in a politicized manner.

“Any political shaping of that presentation or intelligence would not be appropriate. I have made my position clear on that to the administration, and I intend to maintain that position," Coats told senators in May.