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Intelligence Heads Won't Say If Trump Asked Them To Intervene

10 June 2017

The Washington Post also reported that Trump asked Coats and Rogers to deny that there was any evidence proving coordination with Russian Federation.

Both declined repeatedly to discuss their conversations with Trump, answering in general terms.

"I have never been pressured, I've never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a highly anticipated public hearing. Coats said in response to a line of questioning from Arizona Sen.

"Once again Senator, I do believe it's inappropriate for me to discuss that in an open session", Coats replied. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) expressed disbelief at how Coats and Rogers refused to answer a question that did not involve classified information. He said he had never felt "pressured" to alter the course of an investigation, adding that no president had ever "directed" him to do any unethical or "illegal" acts.

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President Donald Trump's national security team will appear before a Senate panel Wednesday to discuss gathering intelligence on foreign agents and will likely be asked about Russia's election meddling and whether the president has tried to influence ongoing investigations.

Meanwhile, Acting FBI Director McCabe has told the committee that the FBI continues to investigate Russian Federation "in an appropriate and unimpeded way", adding that the firing of former director James Comey had no effect on the investigation.

The conversation occurred the day after the president asked Mr Comey to end the investigation into Mr Flynn during a private dinner, according to the New York Times.

"What you feel isn't relevant, admiral", King said back at the NSA chief.

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Appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday were National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Andrew McCabe.

The NSA head had said earlier he would not address any specific discussions he might have had with Trump.

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. It is nearly certain that he will be asked about allegations that Mr Trump asked him to drop an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn. What you feel isn't the answer. Comey agreed to testify last week after receiving clearance from special investigator Robert Mueller. "I don't understand why you're not answering our questions". "Why are you not answering these questions?"

None of the Trump administration officials were able to satisfy Democrats or King, who caucuses with Democrats, on the legal justification for their silence. "Why would it not be appropriate for you to share that conversation with us?" He said the lawmakers will likely try to flesh out Trump's actions.

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