The U.S. Senate rebuked the president for not outright rejecting the proposal, overwhelmingly passing a non-binding resolution against allowing Russian Federation to question U.S. officials.
The GRU officers "engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0" and through another entity", according to the Justice Department.
Mr Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on Thursday in which he expressed surprise when the news broke that Mr Trump was planning another summit with Mr Putin.
"The president either needs to rely on the people that he has chosen to advise him, or those advisers need to re-evaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration", Gowdy said on Fox News Sunday, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime US foe. "That is going to be special".
"Coats has gone rogue", said one senior White House official after hearing of the director's remarks. "It is what it is", Coats said.
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A short time later, the White House made another announcement revealing that President Putin had been invited to visit Washington in the autumn.
There was no indication that Coats or his staff had been aware of what was coming.
- Putin, who denies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or US intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russian agents hacked into the Democratic National Committee computer server and released hacked DNC emails to help Trump's election chances.
That statement from Coats came only moments after Trump, standing next to Putin at a news conference in Helsinki, said he doubted those conclusions. "It was a part of my role, and I felt that it was important that I do that".
But the US oil and gas industry is lobbying against the bill due to worries that heightened sanctions could impact USA investments in Russian Federation, congressional sources said.