President Donald Trump reportedly asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials to deny there was any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia in 2016.
The Washington Post reports the president asked the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to make a statement publicly.
But both refused and reportedly thought the request was inappropriate. The nation's intelligence agencies are supposed to be nonpartisan entities.
In March, former FBI Director James Comey told the House intel committee the FBI was investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
One senior intelligence official told The Washington Post that Trump was hoping to "muddy the waters" about the FBI probe.