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WASHINGTON — With a transfixed nation watching, former FBI Director James Comey ducked the elephant in the room question: Did President Donald Trump intend to obstruct justice in their private conversation about the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s Russian connections?

WASHINGTON - President Trump asked the FBI to drop its probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and urged former FBI director James B. Comey instead to pursue reporters in leak cases, according to associates of Comey who have seen private notes he wrote recounting the conversation.

WASHINGTON - Former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified Monday that she expected White House officials to "take action'' on her January warning that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, offering her first public statements about the national security concerns that rocked the early days of the Trump administration.

WASHINGTON - At least three senior White House officials including the top lawyer for the National Security Council were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and showed that Trump campaign officials were swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign nationals, according to U.S. officials.