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

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

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Mike Rogers, the NSA director, refused to confirm whether President Donald Trump asked them to intervene in the FBI's probe of his campaign ties to Russian Federation.

"I'm not going to talk about theoreticals and I'm not going to discuss the specifics of any interaction or conversations. that I may or may not have had with the president of the United States", Rogers said.

It has been reported that Mr Trump asked the head of the intelligence agency t o publicly state there is no evidence of collusion between Moscow and his campaign.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats refuses to publicly discuss private conversations he's had with President Donald Trump.

"In my time of service", Coats said, "I have never been pressured, I've never felt pressure to intervene or interfere, in any way, with shaping intelligence in a political way".

While Coats, a former U.S. senator familiar with the chamber's traditions of collegial courtesy, appeared visibly unnerved by some of the questioning, Rogers was more defiant.

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McCabe replied that it wasn't appropriate for him to answer the question.

His comments Thursday afternoon were the first reaction from the White House to the highly-anticipated testimony, which referred all Comey and Russia-related questions to outside counsel.

The president then complained about Comey's handling of the FBI investigation, officials familiar with Coats' account told the paper. "However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations".

"I've got a number of questions particularly for Admiral Rogers and Director Coats", Warner said. He asked Rogers, "Why are you not answering these questions?"

ROGERS: I stand by the comments I've made.

The officials' refusal to address whether Trump asked them to downplay or somehow impede the investigation disturbed the committee's Democrats, who were visibly frustrated by what one lawmaker called their "filibustering".

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Did President Trump ever ask Rogers to try to "downplay" the Russian Federation investigation?

That led King to angrily shoot back, "I don't understand why you're not answering our questions".

NSA Director Mike Rogers says he has not yet received an answer from the White House about whether the president meant to invoke the authority afforded to him to withhold certain communications from the public.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief is expected to dispute Trump's claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation, AFP reported, citing sources familiar with Comey's thinking.

The conversations with Coats and Rogers took place in the wake of Comey testifying on March 20 that the FBI was investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. John McCain and Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr both spoke up to tell her to give the witnesses a chance to answer her questions.

"If he's even asking.at some point, these facts have to come out", Warner said.

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