Mr. Trump made the requests to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, and Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence.
Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the President's request and refused to comply, the sources told CNN.
President Donald Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, multiple current and former USA officials confirmed to CNN Monday.
Comey reportedly maintained a paper trail to document what he viewed as improper attempts by the White House to influence his investigation.
A senior White House official is under investigation by the FBI related to Russian meddling in the US presidential election. The president has repeatedly said there was no collusion.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel last week to oversee the growing probe into Russian possible ties to Trump associates.
The Russians saw Flynn as an ally, and while officials expressed their concerns, they also raised the possibility that the Russians may have exaggerated their clout on Trump's inner circle. Officials said participants got an average of $125 per month, while households got an average of $258.
So it should indicate just how seriously the White house is taking the fallout from The Times report that the administration sent out McMaster and Tillerson on Sunday to defend this flimsy talking point.
"The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals", a White House spokesperson said.
"The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russian Federation as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people", the statement said.
The conversations deeply concerned U.S. intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.
The fact that the significant person of interest is a senior White House official inside the West Wing means that there has been a breach in Trump's firewall of plausible deniability.
"Can we ask him to shut down the investigation?"
When Comey tried to explain to the President that leak investigations are hard to pursue because law enforcement officers often end up having to threaten to jail journalists, Trump said he should throw the journalists in jail, the source said.
Trump, on first major trip overseas as President, has sought to shake off the damaging political blowback from the drama, exacerbated by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller last week. Trump disputes those accounts.
Two former campaign officials said Trump and Flynn became close on the campaign trail during long days of travel on the road. The former director will testify before the Senate intelligence committee after the Memorial Day holiday. Smith called Trump's actions "an appalling abuse of power". "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".
Rogers was taken aback but tried to respectfully explain why he could not do so, the officials said.
The existence of the memo was first reported by The New York Times.
The Washington Post subsequently reported that President Barack Obama's defense secretary and director of national intelligence had recommended that Rogers be removed as head of the NSA. Trump, who liked employees to sign nondisclosure agreements, knows Flynn had at least one private meeting with Trump adviser Jared Kushner and Russian officials, and has been in the room for dozens of other sensitive meetings. If Trump and Congress (especially Republicans) want to retain the trust of the public and uphold our democratic institutions, they need to ensure that the FBI continues its investigation and continues to regard it as a top priority.
Lewandowski said he has not spoken with anyone about joining the administration, even though officials say he has spoken to Trump and White House aides several times this week.
"And it's got to come from Director Comey himself", Feinstein said.
As the director of national intelligence, Coats leads the vast USA intelligence community, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Coats's predecessor in the job, James Clapper, recently acknowledged that Comey did not brief him on the scope of the Russian Federation investigation.
Laidlaw may have gleaned some joy from the Twickenham tournament, with Scotland pipping England 12-7 in a tension-filled final. Only the Kiwis and England , which hasn't won its home event since 2009, finished the first day unbeaten.
If you pre-order the game, you'll also get bonuses from the title's MyClub mode, which is sure to excite fans of the series. We'll also be getting new player models, lighting, and animations for facial expressions and body flexibility.
Kidman admits she enjoys her television roles but says she has no plans to swap the big screen for the small one just yet. But Kidman also said she keeps her work life separate from her family with singer Keith Urban and her four children.
In a quirk of the fixtures, Sunderland are set to play a big part in determining who goes down with them to the Championship. Tottenham's midfielder Eric Dier admitted his team's title aspirations are now highly unrealistic.
The server operates as a "sinkhole" to collect information about malware - and in Friday's case kept the malware from escaping. Breed from Raleigh, North Carolina, Brian Melley in Los Angeles and AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun in NY contributed.
People walk past a poster welcoming President Donald Trump in Yerushalayim on Friday, in preparation for his upcoming visit. The US is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than US$3 billion (S$4.2 billion) in defence aid annually.
England have a mixed World Cup record against France and their last meeting was a quarter-final defeat in 2011 in Auckland. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he was pleased to be in a group that would provide "some challenges".
Spurs ensured second spot with the win, thanks to goals from Wanyama and Kane, while Rooney scored for United. Nobody can play two big competitions with 15 players and this is what we have at the time .
Sisi promised Egyptians economic growth and stability as president, but has so far been unable to achieve either. The meeting symbolised Sisi coming in from the cold, after years of being kept at arm's length by Washington.
By 2013, the number of women receiving birth control, cancer screenings, and other essential health care dropped by almost 30,000. The health centers slated for closing are in Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk.
The harsh lesson to be learned is that we have to better protect our systems, at the individual, corporate and government levels. This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. "Looking at the trends, it was going to happen", he said.
Pioneering hunter dies in freak elephant shooting accident
Van Zyl did not return from the hunt, and a set of footprints were found leading to an abandoned rucksack, the BBC report noted. A professional big game hunter was killed on Friday when he was crushed by an elephant, according to News24.
Chris Cornell's funeral to be held in LA on this Friday
In the days since Chris Cornell's tragic death, fellow artists have paid tribute via social media and by covering his songs. He was pronounced dead early Thursday morning after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room.
Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend
If an agreement can't be reached quickly, retail stores in several states will likely shut down this weekend as well. As part of its next contract, the union wants to bar AT&T from changing its commission structure unilaterally.
Sensex rises on GST push; makes 2nd weekly gain
The market breadth continued to remain negative as 1,789 stocks closed lower, 957 finished higher while 165 ruled steady. State Bank of India was up 2.1 percent ahead of its March-quarter results later in the day.
Liam Payne quits smoking for son
He told United Kingdom radio station KISS FM on Wednesday (17.05.17): "I actually wanted Arthur". Liam said: "At this stage as a dad, you're in a bit of a whirlwind".
Sharapova faces 10-match marathon to win Wimbledon title
Sharapova's Wimbledon fate will be decided on June 20, when a committee meets to decide on wild cards for the main draw. Her ban was later reduced to 15-months following a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Get your beauty sleep or lose your friends
But lead researcher Dr Tina Sundelin added: "I don't want to worry people or make them lose sleep over these findings". A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look "significantly" more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest.
Supreme Court reserves verdict over Triple Talaq
It had also said that the issue of polygamy and " nikah halala " would be kept pending and will be dealt with later. He added: "It (instant talaq ) has been followed for 1,400 years, whether it is right of wrong.
Si Woo Kim becomes youngest victor of Players Championship
At 21 years, 10 months and 16 days, Kim is the youngest victor of the tournament considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour. The golfer netted nearly $2 million in prize money, a five-year tour exemption and his very own locker at TPC Sawgrass.
McDonald's expanding delivery to parts of Ohio
While delivery is clearly a compelling option to offer, it isn't a simple service for restaurants to add. McDonald's is now catering to those who are too lazy to get up and drive through the drive-thru.
Former Playboy playmate facing jail over naked Snapchat
The person in the photo was identified only by her age and it was not clear if she knew she was being photographed. The 2015 Playmate of the year quickly became the target of online venom for the so-called body shaming incident.