November 19 2017

Daniel Coats: 'I Have Never Been Pressured' By Trump To Intervene

November 19 2017, 12:47 | Rex Rios

Senators to ask about Trump pushback on Russia investigation

Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe

King wanted to know why they weren't answering questions as to whether they had had conversations with the president, or whether or not they had conversations with now former FBI Director James Comey about Trump. Like Coats, Rogers said he had never been directed or pressured to do anything he thought was illegal or otherwise unethical.

Coats appeared visibly unnerved by some of the questioning, Rogers was more defiant.

Warner later told reporters: "We never got an answer whether there was an effort by the president to get them to move away from or downplay the Flynn investigation".

Asked about the report that Trump asked Comey for his "loyalty", McCabe said he would not discuss such conversations and reminded Heinrich that Comey would testify on Thursday before the same committee.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) then tried to grill the panel on whether they had any memos or documentation of their conversations with the president-as former FBI Director Comey reportedly does.

King then moved on to Admiral Mike Rogers, who said he had asked the White House if the administration meant to exert executive privilege over his testimony.

And of course, now-fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey is testifying to the Senate on Thursday about his conversations with Trump on all this. And given the limited information they shared with the Senate's investigative committee on Russian Federation on Wednesday, Trump's top intelligence officials seem to be residing in that nuance.

"What you feel isn't relevant, admiral".

Coats did not offer any details, but said, "Just because it's in The Washington Post doesn't mean it's declassified".

"I'm not interested in repeating myself sir", Rogers said.

McCabe said the FBI, under special counsel Robert Mueller, is continuing its Russian Federation investigation "in an appropriate and unimpeded way" in the wake of Comey's firing.

However, when asked if he was prepared to say he had never been asked to influence an ongoing investigation, Coats said, "What I'm not willing to do is share confidential information that I think ought to be protected in an open hearing". King stayed on him until it was clear that he wasn't going to answer anything, and then King turned his attention to Roger and Coats. But when asked, the witnesses for the most part deflected his attacks or said they could not discuss key matters in a public forum.

"The way I'm hearing all of you gentlemen is Mr. Mueller has not waved you off from answering any of these questions". John McCain and Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr both spoke up to tell her to give the witnesses a chance to answer her questions. What you feel is not the answer. "Why aren't you answering the questions?"

McCabe refused to say why it was not appropriate to answer questions about any conversations he may have had, and said again that Comey would speak for himself.

However, under persisting grilling by the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

Another source has told CNN that the President may have misunderstood the exact meaning of Comey's words, especially regarding the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

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