Senate Committee Hearing With Intelligence Chiefs

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

In an enlightening piece well worth your time written by law professor Alan M. Dershowitz for Fox News, "Comey's statement fails to deliver the smoking gun Democrats craved". Coats focused more on if he felt any pressure. "But I don't think we should lose sight of the basic fact that Russian Federation attacked us and that we have to be prepared to respond".

Similarly, Coats said: "I do not believe it is appropriate for me" to comment on what the president said. "You are inappropriately refusing to answer these questions today", King told Rogers. "Why are you not answering the questions?"

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats repeatedly refused to answer questions Wednesday from members of a congressional committee to which he belonged in recent years. "Is there an invocation of executive privilege?".

He added, "And to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, I do not recall feeling ever pressured to do so".

What do you do if you've just been fired as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the administration has chosen to "defame" you with "lies plain and simple", and you believe the president of the United States may be trying to obstruct justice? If you can talk about it sort of, you can also answer the questions. But that idea went by the wayside after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead reached out to Mueller to run the politically sensitive Russia probe, which is also examining ties between Russians and Trump campaign aides, the sources said.

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Rogers: "I stand by the comments that I've made".

Rogers spent much of the hearing glowering at the table in front of him.

HEINRICH: So you don't think the American people deserve to know the answer to that question.

Coats: "I don't share, I do not share with the general public conversations that I have with the president or many of my colleagues within the administration that I believe should not be shared".

"It was so jarring to hear recent reports of White House officials - perhaps even the president himself - attempting to influence and enlist our intelligence community leaders in attempting to undermine an ongoing FBI investigation", said Sen. "And we've gotten no answer from any of you".

Rosenstein has been intrinsically wrapped into the Comey firing story, with White House officials citing Rosenstein's memo as the key reason for Comey's ouster. Sen. John McCain and Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr both spoke up to tell her to give the witnesses a chance to answer her questions.

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The State Department had said the USA learned only at the last minute about the Arab nations' plan to cut ties. On Wednesday, the White House announced that U.S.

"I'm not interested in repeating myself sir", Rogers said. And that's something he got right into in his very first question with Dan Coats, the national intelligence director.

In his concluding remarks, King said Coats' and Rogers' earlier insistence that they had not been pressured by Trump "waived executive privilege by in effect testifying as to something that didn't happen".

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign. Without being instructed by the White House to keep mum about their conversations with Trump, Coats, Rogers and the others refused to cooperate fully.

There was a classified session for Wednesday's hearing scheduled for the afternoon, but the witnesses were not among those supposed to appear. After the hearing, Sen.

"I've seen the tweet about tapes", he said, referencing a May tweet from Trump.

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