Forget Trump v Comey, King says focus on Russian Federation

John McCain Is…Very Strange Today

The director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency refused Wednesday to say whether President Donald Trump had asked them to get former FBI Director James B. Comey to curtail the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

McCabe refused to say why it was not appropriate to answer questions about any conversations he may have had, and said again that Comey would speak for himself.

She said it appeared the intelligence officials were in a "limbo" where executive privilege had been discussed, but not yet decided on.

"But I will make the following comment". Comey remained silent in the presence of real corruption, but leaked like a sieve when Trump reportedly said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, lamented that the witnesses could have laid to rest questions about what the president told them about the Russian Federation probe, but they chose not to answer. But what specifically does that mean when you say that someone is not a target of a counterintelligence investigation?

Angus King why he would not answer a direct question about the alleged Trump conversation, Rogers said simply, "I feel it is inappropriate, Senator".

During the same hearing, Democratic Sen.

On Tuesday, the newspaper reported that Trump asked Coats during a March 22 Oval Office meeting to intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to get him to back off of the bureau's investigation of Trump associates' potential collusion with the Russian government.

"At no time should you be in a position where you come to Congress with no answer", Burr told the witnesses.

Kasowitz labeled Comey "one of these leakers" who are "actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications". He is expected to testify about those conversations Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.




Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe refused to answer questions about whether Comey told him about his discussions with Trump, including whether Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to the president.

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

"I don't think this is the appropriate venue to do this in, given that this is an open hearing, and a lot of confidential information relative to intelligence or other matters - I just don't feel it's appropriate for me to do that in this situation".

COATS: It's a matter of how I share it and whom I share it to (unintelligible) involved in that.

The two only would say they had never felt "pressured" by the White House to do anything improper.

The Washington Post said in an article published June 6 that said Trump pressed Coats to intervene with the FBI on the investigation of Flynn.

"Well, I do mean it in a contentious way", King snapped.

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 are going to exercise executive (privilege)".

"I'm not sure I have a legal basis", Coats responded, "but I am more than willing to sit before this committee... in a closed session and answer your questions". What follows are samples of lawmakers' questions and Coats' answers broadcast by C-SPAN.

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