Two US intel chiefs say were never pressured by White House

Trump similarly approached Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to ask him to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign, as the Post previously reported, according to current and former officials.

But that did not satisfy Democrats, who said there was no reason for them not to divulge the details. "Director Coats, he communicated to me publicly and privately that he would aid the Russian Federation investigation and I want to see the veracity of the reports that the president asked him to back off from the investigation".

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If on the other way - on the other hand, if he had come forward and said I think there's some things here that we want to ask for serious charges on, then I think the other side of America would have said wait just a minute. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN: "And he promised me when he was confirmed that he would share and assist the investigation".

"You can clear an terrible lot up by simply saying it never happened", Heinrich later said.

INSKEEP: I understand your concern about leaking, but should a president be asking an FBI director who's supposed to be independently investigating people close to the president, should he be repeatedly asking that person for loyalty and to drop investigations? Rogers said he hoped he would be able to answer the senators' questions during a classified briefing in the future. "If there isn't, answer the questions".

King: Is there an invocation by the president of the United States of executive privilege?

"I'm not satisfied with, "I do not believe it is appropriate" or 'I do not feel I should answer", said King.

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"What you feel isn't relevant", King replied. "The question is why are you not answering the question?"

"And I don't know - you know, I don't want to make you - sound like I'm Captain Courageous".

Four of America's top intelligence officials testified in an open hearing Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it just got very heated.

Wray served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division under Bush from 2003 to 2005, working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Warner responded. "Because that is what the questions are being asked about, reports that nobody has laid to rest here that the President intervened directly in an ongoing FBI investigation".

HEINRICH: So you don't think the American people deserve to know the answer to that question. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), silencing her when she tried to pin Rosenstein down.

The event was scheduled five weeks ago as a review of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but it quickly morphed into another chance for lawmakers to get some answers on the Justice Department's investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the USA election. 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.

"I'm willing to come before the committee and tell you what I know and don't know", he said. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting. And one fact to that testimony - as James Comey affirms - that he did tell President Trump, on a number of occasions, that he was not personally a target of a counterintelligence investigation, which the White House is taking as - as vindication.

Trump has now tapped Wray, who has been working in a private law firm since serving in the Justice Department under president George W. Bush, to replace Comey although his appointment will need congressional approval. A follow up session behind closed doors is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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