“Lawyers at four top firms rebuff WH request to represent Trump, citing in part concerns he won’t listen to advice.”
~ Michael Isikoff
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Other concerns included Trump’s history of stiffing other lawyers and a backlog of collection lawsuits for attorney fees.
Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe — is this more obstruction?
The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.
On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. More on this story from The Washington Post here.
FBI Director Comey told AG Sessions not to leave him alone with the President.
According to The New York Times the day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
Mr. Comey believed Mr. Sessions should protect the F.B.I. from White House influence, the officials said, and pulled him aside after a meeting in February to tell him that private interactions between the F.B.I. director and the president were inappropriate. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said. More from The New York Times here.