Coats, Rogers Won't Discuss Talks With Trump About Russia Probe

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Coats was responding to a senator's question about whether Trump pressured him to publicly downplay the significance of the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

The top Democrat on the committee has said he will ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about the reports.

We will not discuss private conversations in a public hearing. 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. This frustrated several members of the committee. Neither would directly answer that query. Coats decided any intervention would be inappropriate, the report said.

"What we don't seem to have is the same commitment to find out whether the president of the United States tried to intervene with members of the Intelligence Community and asked them to back off or downplay (the Russian Federation investigation)", Warner told the witnesses. Richard Burr of North Carolina, said that executive branch officials have the option of briefing the committee or congressional leaders in a classified setting.

USA intelligence officials testifying before the Senate on Wednesday declined to answer repeated questions by Intelligence Committee members about media reports of their interactions with President Donald Trump .

With time running out, Florida Legislature remains split
The assemblage in Tallahassee was supposed to rubber-stamp behind-the-scenes deals on education and economic development. As part of those negotiations, education funding for grades K-12 will increase by $100 per student over a year ago.

And yesterday, these leading officials refused to provide the committee with non-classified information, saying only that they didn't "feel" or "believe" it'd be "appropriate" to answer important questions - despite having no legal basis for such a refusal. "Directed", of course, is different than being asked.

"At no time should you be in a position where you come to Congress without an answer", he said.

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".

McCabe replied that it wasn't appropriate for him to answer the question. "And I don't mean that in a contentious way". "Why aren't you answering the questions?"

They both also refused to answer in the open session whether they had been asked to intervene in an ongoing investigation.

Sessions offered to quit amid rising tensions with Trump
Sessions, after consulting with Department of Justice lawyers, had thought the recusal was inevitable. "He dials it up". One of Trump's top aides, Stephen Miller, worked for Sessions for years before joining Trump's orbit.

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

"It is my belief that you are inappropriately refusing to answer these questions today", King said angrily.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding two days of closely watched hearings that might - or might not - shed new light on the state of the Russian Federation investigation.

COATS: I plan to do that but I do have to work through the legal counsel at the White House relative to whether or not they're going to exercise executive [privilege].

King also went after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for invoking the probe of special counsel Robert Mueller, when McCabe said he wouldn't comment on issues in the special counsel's lane. Without being instructed by the White House to keep mum about their conversations with Trump, Coats, Rogers and the others refused to cooperate fully.

Ahead of Comey testimony, Republicans prep response efforts -- and brace
Coats is set to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, one day before Comey talks to the same panel. Despite the mounting legal questions now shadowing the White House , Trump has needled Comey publicly.

Republicans and Democrats on the panel examined and cross-examined the group - picking over their answers repeatedly.

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