Coats refuses to discuss Trump conversations

Coats refuses to discuss Trump conversations

The director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency refused Wednesday to say whether President Donald Trump had asked them to get former FBI Director James B. Comey to curtail the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

Mike Rogers was responding to a senator's question about whether President Donald Trump asked him to intervene in or downplay the ongoing FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

On Wednesday, Coats and Rogers refused to answer senators' questions about their conversations with the president, saying they didn't want to share those private conversations in a public hearing.

That was what today's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee boiled down to when the nation's top intelligence officials were asked repeatedly if President Trump had asked them to push back against the FBI's investigation of the Trump Campaign.

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Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified Wednesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

It was earlier reported that Trump had asked Coats to press " James Comey, the then Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to back off from focussing on his former national security advisor Michael Flynn".

"I've never been directed to do anything inappropriate nor have I felt pressured to do so", Director Rogers said. Two days earlier, Comey had confirmed in a congressional hearing that the bureau was probing whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 race. "I served on the committee here and often saw that information that had been discussed had been reported but that wasn't always accurate", Coats told McCain.

"I'm not sure I have a legal basis", Coats responded, "but I am more than willing to sit before this committee... in a closed session and answer your questions".

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Comey is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday morning, and his prepared statement was posted on the committee's website.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Coats told associates Trump asked him to intervene with Comey in March.

Rogers called the conversations "classified" and said it was inappropriate to discuss them "in an open forum". Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, at the opening of Wednesday's hearing to hear testimony from top officials of the Justice Department and the government's top intelligence agencies.

Sen. Angus King of ME, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, picked up on Heinrich's questions, demanding a "legal justification" for why Rogers and Coats were not answering questions. Both men denied Trump's request, according to the Washington Post. "Why are you not answering the questions?" But both also said they still need to consult the White House on whether executive privilege will be invoked.

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By the end of the hearing, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, delivered a clear message to the Trump administration - they can't avoid answering to Congress forever.

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