The Latest: Dems alarmed by report on Trump, intel bosses

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trying to get a handle on hundreds of sensitive, closely held surveillance programs, the Senate intelligence committee is compiling a secret encyclopedia of American eavesdropping programs in an effort to improve congressional oversight of America’s sprawling global spying effort. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are expressing alarm at a report alleging that President Donald Trump asked two top intelligence officials to publicly deny collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, says The Washington Post’s report that Trump tried to enlist the head of the National Security Agency and the national intelligence director to push the White House narrative is a “disturbing allegation” that Trump is interfering with the FBI probe.

Schiff says the officials involved should testify before Congress and lawmakers must request any memos documenting the conversations.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the newspaper’s report Monday is an indication that Trump is trying to impede the investigation.
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