USA intelligence chiefs refuse to discuss Trump conversations on Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Though Coats refused to say whether Trump asked him about the Russian Federation probe or mentioned Comey, he and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers both testified that they did not feel pressure from Trump or the White House to influence the 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.

Coats initially declined to make any comment at all on the matter, stating, "I do not feel it is appropriate for me in a public session to breach confidential conversations between the president and myself in a public session", and, "I don't think this is the appropriate venue to do this in".

According to some key senators, Coats may reveal more about his interactions with Trump, including when the President reportedly urged the former IN senator to rebut the notion there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tried to push back on that argument, asking whether Mueller has told the witnesses they should not testify.

While the intended focus of Wednesday's hearing is the foreign intelligence surveillance law, other senators have said they plan to question Coats, Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about whether the president meant to derail the Russian Federation investigation when he fired Comey. Rogers referred to earlier statements he made saying he wouldn't comment on conversations with the President. "And to the best of my recollection during that same period of service I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do".

The day after the report, Coats declined to answer whether it was true - but Coats also teased that he may be open to answering the question if asked by the right committee.

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"I think it is more than a little bit curious that the president chose this morning as the time to announce his new Federal Bureau of Investigation head", Sen.

Obviously, tomorrow, we will be hearing from former FBI Director Comey.

FISA laws have factored in several Russia-election meddling probes now underway because Mr. Trump has claimed the Obama administration officials illegally abused the laws to spy on him and his staff during the presidential campaign and transition - then leaked what they learned to the press. Any attempt by the White House or even the President himself to exploit this community as a tool for political purposes is deeply, deeply troubling. He demanded to know what legal basis justified Coats' refusal to answer questions.

The following day will see the much-anticipated testimony of Mr Comey, who was leading one of the Russian Federation investigations before Mr Trump fired him.

Today, we will have an opportunity to ask Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein about his role in the Comey firing as well.

The White House and its growing "war room" may want to thank a 25-year-old NSA contractor named Reality Winner for becoming the first target of a leak investigation.

Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat who sits on the committee, asked Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe if Comey had told him Trump asked for his loyalty. Comey is expected to address that claim in the hearing.

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