The cuts would drive millions of people off food stamps through changes in eligibility guidelines and the implementation of additional work requirements, according to The AP.
"The problem wasn't so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation", a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.
"This was a five-alarm fire from early on", one former Obama administration official said, "the way the Russians were talking about him".
Brien Comey called his son's firing "a Trump deal" as "because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day".
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not deny Times's account of the meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak, though he held firm to the line that Comey had "created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation". Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation and congressional investigators, who might explore whether Trump sought to impede the FBI's work. In any case, the fact that Trump fired Comey while Comey was investigating many of his associates is suspicious.
Officials say Trump has remained resolute in defending Flynn even though aides, including White House Counsel Don McGahn, have reminded Trump of the Russian Federation investigation and other problems.
Comey first confirmed the existence of the Russian Federation investigation during the March 20 House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russian Federation investigation that he was invited to attend.
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"I don't remember exactly what the president said", Trump's national security adviser said, adding, "But the gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russian Federation to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news".
That same week, Trump telephoned Rogers to make a similar appeal.
Rogers was taken aback but tried to respectfully explain why he could not do so, the officials said. Rogers added that he would not talk about classified matters in public.
Both Coats and Rogers are scheduled to appear before Congress this week, but not before either the House or Senate intelligence committees, which have separate investigations into Russian meddling in the election. He privately told former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani he could potentially still name him as attorney general after he'd offered Jeff Sessions to the job. Coats was sworn in just days before the president made his request. 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.
Congressional investigators have requested copies of Comey's memos and testimony from the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief himself.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel shows the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's USA election "will continue".
But Rosenstein also threatened to resign if Trump's White House kept using his memo - which never explicitly advocated for firing Comey - as the linchpin for doing Comey in.
FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 3, 2017.