Federal investigators have been looking into possible contacts between Trump advisers and Russian Federation, while congressional committees are investigating Russia's role in political hacking during the campaign.
Coats, who was not close to Trump during the 2016 campaign, said that he had extensively discussed his position with the president and emphasized his independence.
The White House push on this was wrong.
Mr Obama's staff reportedly asked pointed questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the query would be recorded, while intelligence agents rushed to analyse information. The panel that investigated the 9/11 attacks was one such commission.
"In the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency, senior administration officials left a trail of intelligence they assessed cast further suspicion on Donald Trump and his team's ties to Russian Federation".
In further questioning from lawmakers Coats added, "I think it's publicly known and acknowledged and accepted that Russian Federation definitely did try to influence the campaign".
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Net exports added 0.2 percentage points to gross domestic product, having detracted from the growth rate in the previous quarter. Commonwealth Bank chief economist Michael Blythe said the Reserve Bank should be happy with the growth numbers.
Trump's repeated praise for Putin has alarmed many in the intelligence community who see a resurgent Russian Federation threatening us interests in the Middle East, in Eastern Europe and in the Arctic.
Collins said she was "concerned" about how Coats would "fulfill the mandate to serve" as director if he is not afforded full access to all decisions being made by the president's inner circle.
The Times said the late days of the Obama administration featured officials working to process raw intelligence information into reports that were kept at a low level of classification to ensure more people could see them, and to pass along reports and sensitive information to members of Congress.
In the meantime, he said, he has "been assured that I have the authority to be a member of that committee and be at that committee in every one of its meetings". James Lankford and Maine's independent Sen. And, Mary Louise, I use the word grilling, but I get the sense that's not the case when I hear the most popular question is, are you too nice for the job?
Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about counterterrorism and the U.S. fight against the Islamic State during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., December 6, 2016. I am needed. I am expected to be part of the principals committee - so the senior-most people who have voices on the National Security Council. "That's why I believe the House Committee is well equipped to provide a full accounting of all the facts surrounding Russian activities related to the 2016 US elections". I don't want to know the details of the investigation.
Coats said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency and a dozen other intelligence-gathering agencies, will steer clear of politics if he is confirmed by the Senate as its leader.
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