Intel officials refuse to answer questions on Trump and Russia

Two of the nation's top intelligence officials declined in a testy hearing Wednesday to discuss the specifics of private conversations with President Donald Trump, refusing to say whether they had been asked to push back against an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

On Wednesday, Coats and Rogers refused to answer senators' questions about their conversations with the president, saying they didn't want to share those private conversations in a public hearing.

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.

His public testimony comes on the heels of a Washington Post story that Coats told associates that Trump asked him to try to get then-FBI Director James Comey to stop focusing on Flynn in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee held an open hearing to discuss Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) legislation with top intelligence officials. He demanded to know what legal basis justified Coats' refusal to answer questions.

When Rogers was pressed on what Trump actually asked him to do, Rogers responded that he'd already answered the question, which he hadn't. Director Coats, who said he doesn't even take notes after conversations with the president, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he would elaborate on his answer and the report in a closed forum. Richard Burr (R-NC) said the intent of the hearing is about reauthorizing the foreign intelligence surveillance law, but other senators are expected to want to discuss Trump's firing of Comey and whether the president meant to hinder the probe into Russian.

So why wouldn't the intel leaders talk to the Senate Intelligence committee today?


Because the report apparently contains some classified information, Coats was unable to discuss specifics.

After the encounter, Coats discussed the conversation with other officials and decided that intervening with Comey as Trump had suggested would be inappropriate, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal matters.

In one particularly heated exchange, King lambasted the two intelligence officials for not offering a legal basis for refusing to discuss their discussions with the president about the Russian Federation investigation.

To put it in frustratingly opaque government-speak, these top intelligence officials haven't confirmed whether Trump had inappropriate conversations with them about the FBI investigation. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will also testify. McCabe said it was not appropriate for him to characterize the conversations he had with fired FBI Director James Comey.

"I understand your answer". If there isn't, answer the questions.

The New York Times has reported that on February 14, the day after firing his national security director, Trump told Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Related news:

Hot News

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:32
Tennis players rarely make headline news in Latvia, where ice hockey and basketball are more popular. It's my goal, I think. "I like extreme things and probably that's why I play aggressive tennis ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom police arrest man as part of ongoing London Bridge attack investigation
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:29
Thomas was walking with his girlfriend Christine Delcros across the bridge on Saturday night while visiting London on holiday. Police were searching for missing French national Xavier Thomas when they found the body on Tuesday night local time.

Netanyahu: Israel Will Keep Control Over Golan Heights
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:27
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed to stay in control of the Golan Heights region, CGTN is reporting. Hamas is the main political rival of Abbas, who oversees autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Liverpool can still sign Virgil van Dijk if they pay £70 million
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:25
Southampton have told the player that we don't want to sell him this summer, but he thought he could kick up a big enough fuss that he would be sold for £50m.

Apple TV Opens Door to Amazon Prime Video
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:22
Amazon vs Apple: Is The Feud Calming Down? "We are so pleased to welcome Amazon to Apple TV", Cook said during the conference. While Amazon Prime Video has never been included on Apple TV, the dispute has been more than a one-way affair.

Iran's Supreme Leader: Attacks Will Increase Hatred of US, Saudis
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:19
Gabriel was subsequently and separately visited by the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar . Previously, ISIS has carried out multiple attacks in Saudi Arabia.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:17
They said they had not found evidence of anyone else being involved in the plot - or inspiring the attackers to carry it out. The men were armed with identical 30-cm pink ceramic knives, strapped to their wrists with leather bound around the handle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Concern over McCain's questions at hearing
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:13
Comey declined to speculate on Trump's state of mind, leaving that determination to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Regarding Comey's statement , the editor said: "When that document hit my desk I thought, 'I want his book'".

Islamic State threatens attacks in Saudi Arabia
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:10
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for dual attacks Wednesday on Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:10
The shock result could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union — due to start June 19 — into disarray. In the last four general elections around 40 per cent of young people voted, in 2015 it was 43 per cent.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paris Residents Uncertain Of Outcome In French Parliamentary Election
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:08
The Socialists, who dominated the last Assembly are expected to suffer a stinging defeat and win just a few dozen seats. Some 67,000 voting centres opened across the country at 8 am (local time) and will close at 8 pm, in larger cities.

Top two aides to British PM Theresa May quit
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:07
May is preparing to name the rest of her cabinet, after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would stay in their posts.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top AG Sessions to Testify Before Senate Intel Committee on Tuesday
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:04
The statement came two days after White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump had confidence in Sessions. Sessions had been scheduled to testify on the same day before the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees.

India are not invincible, says Kohli
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:02
In hindsight, when you look back, maybe you think of phases that we could have accelerated, but I don't see that as a major issue. India seemed to be in control after Shikhar Darwan scored 125, while Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni made 78 and 63 respectively.

Trump Contradicts Tillerson Line On Blockade Of Qatar Within Hours
Jun 11, 2017 - 13:00
The U.S. military has previously insisted that that it would not affect U.S. military operations in the region. The U.S. stages operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan from Al-Udeid airbase, the base of U.S.