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Former Intel chief had 'deep suspicions' that Putin 'had something on Trump': book

Former Intel chief had 'deep suspicions' that Putin 'had something on Trump': book
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Former Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsAvoiding the 1876 scenario in November Democrat asks intelligence director if Trump's personal debt is security problem FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE had suspicions that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinSafeguarding US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt DOJ: Russian hackers targeted 2018 Olympics, French elections Putin stands with Belarus's dictator — we should stand by its people MORE “had something on Trump,” according to excerpts of Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book “Rage." 

Woodward writes that Coats “continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump,” according to excerpts reported by CNN on Wednesday.

Woodward wrote that Coats thought, “how else to explain the president’s behavior? Coats could see no other explanation.” 

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Coats, who served as Trump’s top intelligence official from March 2017 to August 2019, and his top staff members “examined the intelligence as carefully as possible." According to Woodward's book, Coats still questions the relationship between Trump and Putin, CNN reported.

"Coats saw how extraordinary it was for the president's top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president's relationship with Putin. But he could not shake them,” Woodward writes, according to CNN. 

The Hill reached out to the White House for comment in regards to Woodward’s reported excerpts about Coats. 

Woodward’s book, the second he’s written on Trump’s presidency, is set to be released next week. Excerpts were reported by CNN and The Washington Post on Wednesday. 

Woodward also released recordings of his interviews with Trump for the book Wednesday, including one where Trump acknowledged he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to the nation. 

Trump said that "perhaps” he downplayed the coronavirus to “reduce panic,” when asked on Wednesday about the released interview recordings.