Coats, Rogers testify they have not been pressured by Trump administration

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"However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations", Hale said in a statement.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.) and Director of National Intelligencer Dan Coats had a testy exchange Wednesday over Coats' answer about private conversations with President Donald Trump.

Warner responded that even though Coats and Rogers "may not have felt pressured" by Trump, it's important to know whether the president asked them to interfere or intervene in the Russian Federation investigation or downplay the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "I don't understand why you're not answering our questions". On March 22, two days after Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Trump asked Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to intervene in the ongoing FBI investigation. The Director of National Intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency answer to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 8: USA intelligence chiefs have refused to comment on whether President Donald Trump asked them to curb an FBI-led investigation into contacts between his election campaign and Moscow.

Warner pressed both of them, asking if Trump had made any such request to downplay the investigation. "But I'm more than willing to sit before this committee during its investigative process in a closed session and answer your question".

ROGERS: Because I feel it is inappropriate, senator.

Basing its story on anonymous "officials", the Post reported, "The events involving Coats show the president went further than just asking intelligence officials to deny publicly the existence of any evidence showing collusion during the 2016 election".

"I'm not sure I have a legal basis", Coats responded.

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The three are expected to provide a comprehensive overview of FISA's authorities, its current oversight mechanisms and examples of the value this court-authorized collection provides to the United States intelligence community, according to the committee's press release.

"Well I think we'll ask questions about that tomorrow", he said.

Afterward, Coats told other officials that Trump had asked him to get Comey to back off the investigation of Flynn and other campaign associates - but the intelligence official declined. Andrew McCabe, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is also expected to testify at Wednesday's hearing. Rosenstein would not answer questions Wednesday about Comey's firing. We're saying, were you ever asked?

Heinrich reminded McCabe that he was being asked about his conversations with Comey, not the president.

"And I've also answered that those conversations are classified and it is not appropriate in an open forum to discuss those classified conversations".

KING: What you feel isn't relevant, admiral.

"Well, I do mean it in a contentious way", King snapped. "I'm not interested in repeating myself, sir", he said.

"King, Sen. Heinrich and my questions deserve answers, and at some point the American public deserve full answers", Warner said.

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