A few days after the March 22 meeting, Trump spoke separately with Coats and Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.
A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney had strong words in response to the news.
Comey said he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of the president's former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread "lies, plain and simple" to cover up the reason for his dismissal.
The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.
According to a report published on Monday, Trump is considering firing special counsel Mueller, who was appointed on May 17 by the Justice Department as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA elections and related matters. Now US media are reporting it (through anonymous sources, of course). "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Jared Kushner's business dealings were also being scrutinized by Mueller's team. The president might want to consider finding an actual expert in criminal law to represent him; this investigation is extensive, serious and possibly career-ending for a growing list of figures, which now certainly includes the president.More news: Rick Scott appoints political ally as Florida's new chief financial officer
The Times and CNN both said in their lawsuits that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not turned over documents and has failed to properly respond to their Freedom of Information Act requests.
Mueller briefed Senators Wednesday on his work.
Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
Before the sacking, Mr Trump had sought and received assurances from Mr Comey that he personally was not under investigation.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", the statement read.
The special counsel is also seeking documents from the National Security Agency relating to its interactions with the White House on the Russian Federation connection investigation.
"I think Bernie Sanders took the floor in an unusual move to put himself out there and speak up as you're supposed to when there's evil and there's hate and there's violence", Keating said, referring to Sanders' speech to the Senate yesterday in which he condemned the violence. It is unclear if McCabe, Comey's successor, has informed Trump of the change in the scope of the probe.