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John Bolton, the national security adviser, also wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats that “President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America’s system of representative government.”
Trump appeared to take the Russian president’s denial of interference at face value while calling the U.S.’s own Justice Department special counsel’s probe as a “disaster.” That U.S. investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, unveiled an indictment Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.
The Latest on the Senate hearing on national security (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats refuses to publicly discuss private conversations he’s had with President Donald Trump. Coats was responding to a senator’s question about whether Trump pressured him to publicly downplay the significance of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Coats says he has never been pressured or felt pressure to intervene in shaping intelligence products. Coats was testifying Wednesday before the Senate intelligence committee.