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Director Of National Intelligence Jabs Washington Post Over Trump-Russia Story

Director Of National Intelligence Jabs Washington Post Over Trump-Russia Story

Top U.S. intelligence officials refused at a Senate hearing on Wednesday to discuss whether President Donald Trump had pressured them to intervene in an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Instead, both men said they never felt pressure to do anything inappropriate, or, in Coats' case, to intervene in an ongoing probe.

I do not mean to be sarcastic about the objective of the recent Senate testimony of intelligence chiefs Dan Coats and Mike Rogers culminating with fired FBI Director James Comey, but everything critical that the public would want to know was considered by Coats and Rogers to be personal between each of them and the president, or the three witnesses promised to provide testimony in a secured setting.

Comey said Trump asked him to back off his agency's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by saying, "I hope you can let this go". Mark R. Warner's, D-Va, question of whether Trump asked him to deny the existence of any evidence showing coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as the Post reported last month. "I'm simply asking, did that conversation occur?"

She said if Comey truly had a problem with Trump, then it was his responsibility to report it or resign, not leak a memo after the fact.

ROGERS: - That I felt to be inappropriate, nor have I felt pressured to do so.

Four top intelligence officials are fielding questions Wednesday on whether Trump intervened into the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. elections, the latest development in a tumultuous 24 hours.

Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not believe it was appropriate for him to publicly discuss conversations he has had with the president.

However on Wednesday, multiple Republicans on the committee grew frustrated when the intelligence officials would not answer their simple yes or no questions about whether the bevy of media reports on their interactions with Trump were true.

It wasn't the only showdown during King's five-minute round of questioning, as he repeatedly pressed Rogers, Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on the legal justification for their silence.

In an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" following the hearing, Republican Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, also lauded the law.

"What is classified about a conversation involving whether or not you should intervene in the FBI investigation", King asked, to which Rogers reiterated that he was standing by his earlier remarks. King said he found Comey to be credible and honest, but he feels the focus cannot stray from the real problem - which is Russia's interference with the 2016 election. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Coats said that if asked, he would provide details of his conversations with Trump to Mueller.

King demanded to know why they won't directly answer the questions about their conversations with the President of the United States.

Rogers also refused to answer Warner's questions about his conversations with Trump about the Russian Federation investigation. Comey appears before the same committee on Thursday. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, lamented that the witnesses could have laid to rest questions about what the president told them about the Russian Federation probe, but they chose not to answer.

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