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.
Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".
An official from the former administration also told CNN Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem, echoing Sally Yates' testimony that Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians. "Are you able to assist in this matter?" one official said of the line of questioning from the White House.
Trump last week fired James Comey from his post as FBI director, explaining that it was partly because of the Russian Federation investigation. "Did the president fire Comey because of his investigation and was he anxious about what the investigation might conclude?"
President Trump asked two top USA intelligence chiefs to push back against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported Monday evening.
Other former campaign officials said it was hard to estimate how many staff members have been in contact with federal investigators.
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.
"But he conceded that he thought impeachment "a long shot."(Comey) could have been subservient to Trump, (but I told him) he was not going to do that".
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A source told CNN that Mueller had been briefed on memos Comey had written about his interactions with Trump, including his recollection of Trump asking for the FBI to end its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
That same week, Trump telephoned Rogers to make a similar appeal.
That, say intelligence officials, kicked off a series of attempts by Trump to have Coats and Rogers step forward to publicly undercut the investigation.
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. Coats was sworn in just days before the president made his request.
The news that the criminal investigation of the Russian Federation scandal has reached a senior Trump adviser in the West Wing of the White House is the latest crippling blow for an administration on the verge of collapse.
Trump and his allies in Congress have similarly sought to deflect scrutiny over Russian Federation by attempting to pit USA intelligence agencies against one another.
House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation.
"And it's got to come from Director Comey himself", Feinstein said. Similarly, it is unclear to what extent the Federal Bureau of Investigation has brought Coats up to speed on the probe's most sensitive findings.