Arizona Sen. McCain Questions Intelligence Officials

Posted June 08, 2017

When the two were alone, Entous reports, "The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey's handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates".

Trump, according to the Post's account, complained to Coats and Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo about Comey's handling of the Russian Federation probe.

But the allegations have drawn comparison to the 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down president Richard Nixon.

"Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President", he said.

Top intelligence leaders are set to testify Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Almost two hours into the hearing, Sen.

Comey says the president also spoke to him about the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and said, "I hope you can let this go".

1. Did Trump pressure Coats and Rogers to dismiss concerns about Russian Federation? He said the lawmakers will likely try to flesh out Trump's actions.

When pressured on whether they would answer questions on those conversations in a closed, classified hearing later Wednesday, Rogers and Coats both said they would have to consult White house lawyers as to whether Trump's "executive privilege" powers would prevent them from answering.

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"What's the basis for your refusal to answer these questions today?" asked a frustrated Sen.

"What you feel isn't relevant, admiral", King shot back. "Why are you not answering these questions?"

McCabe: I'm not going to comment on those conversations. "I'm not interested in repeating myself".

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.

Wednesday's hearing was supposed to focus on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that governs how US intelligence agencies conduct electronic surveillance and collect information between foreign powers and "agents of foreign powers" suspected of terrorism.

"Is that the rule for the President of the United States as well?"

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. "I guess I've been around town long enough to say to not take everything at face value that's printed in the Post", Coats said. "I don't think this is the appropriate venue to do this in". Kamala Harris' questioning of Rosenstein, Sens. "He is a good guy", Comey quoted Trump as telling him on February 14 as they sat alone together in the Oval Office. (If you prefer PayPal, use this link.) We don't make much on advertising, we need your support to continue our work.

Reports indicate (L-R) NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo have each been pressured about the Russian Federation investigation by President Donald Trump.

Coats: "I don't believe it's appropriate to address that in a public session".