Democrats furious at evasive answers at hearing

Democrats furious at evasive answers at hearing

Two of the nation's top intelligence officials refused Wednesday to say whether President Donald Trump asked them to try to blunt or impede the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats on Wednesday declined to comment on a bombshell Washington Post report that alleges he told associates in March that President Donald Trump asked him to calm down the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn.

Mr. Coats said he would not discuss in open session about his conversations with President Trump.

But Rogers said he had never been directed to do anything illegal, immoral or inappropriate during his time as NSA director while Coats said he had never felt pressured to intervene with shaping intelligence.

"Well, I think your unwillingness to answer a very basic question speaks volumes", Heinrich said.

"I'm just not going to go down that road in a public forum", Coats said, adding that he'd be willing to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller if asked. 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. The senator from ME made national headlines for his tough questioning of top intelligence officials and former FBI Director James Comey.

The Maine senator, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, then moved on to Coats.

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Trump reportedly asked Coats and Rogers to state publicly that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"I come out of this hearing with more questions than when I went in", Sen.

"What you feel isn't relevant, Admiral", King blasted.

"Not that I'm aware of", Rogers replied. What follows are samples of lawmakers' questions and Coats' answers broadcast by C-SPAN.

Coats' testimony before the Senate intelligence committee has been scheduled for weeks, an event that was already expected to kick off two days of blockbuster hearings.

Coats said he would not share with the general public any conversations that he had with the president or his colleagues within the administration that he thought should not be shared.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign. Rosenstein would not answer questions Wednesday about Comey's firing.

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The intelligence officials are also expected to defend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA - the stated topic of the hearing - which will expire on December 31 unless Congress votes to reauthorize it.

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

Senator King wasn't having it: "Well I do mean it in a contentious way", he snapped back.

"I'm not satisfied with, 'I do not believe it is inappropriate, ' or, 'I do not feel I should answer.' I want to understand a legal basis".

Rogers spent much of the hearing glowering at the table in front of him.

ROGERS: Sir, I stand by my previous comments.

Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, began the questioning by asking, "In your experience, would it be in any way typical for a president to ask questions or bring up an ongoing FBI investigation, particularly if that investigation concerns associates and individuals that might be associated with the president's campaign, or his activities?"

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