Senate Committee Hearing With Intelligence Chiefs

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine asked a question of former FBI director James Comey on Thursday that elicited an interesting detail how Comey's memos describing his meetings with Trump came to be leaked to the press

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine asked a question of former FBI director James Comey on Thursday that elicited an interesting detail how Comey's memos describing his meetings with Trump came to be leaked to the press

In what amounted to a dress rehearsal for Thursday's highly anticipated hearing with fired FBI Director James Comey, current officials - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe - repeatedly declined to talk at all about their conversations with the president, whether they take notes after meetings with him, and what they have advised him about the ongoing investigations into his team's ties to Russian Federation. The underlying question here, put out in a newspaper report, as often happens before someone testifies before Congress, was a suggestion that President Trump himself had asked Dan Coats to help intervene, in some way, with the FBI and get this Russian Federation investigation changed or derailed or whatever the word would be.

Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers said they believed their conversations with the president were confidential.

The Washington Post also reported that Trump asked Coats and Rogers to deny that there was any evidence proving coordination with Russian Federation. "I don't understand why you're not answering our questions".

When he was sacked, Mr Comey was leading an investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government before the election. I don't care how you felt, I'm not asking if you felt pressured, I'm simply asking did that conversation occur?

"That's who he's all about, and we see that now by everything he's said", Bondi said on "Your World" today. It's actually about a really important law overseeing foreign intelligence surveillance and what happens when Americans are swept up in that, which is something we've heard a lot about.

The juxtaposition between Comey's gripping account and the Trump officials' refusal to answer questions did no credit to the embattled president.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the second-ranking official at the Department of Justice who signed a letter recommending Comey's dismissal, will testify, a day ahead of Comey's own hotly anticipated testimony in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election.

After multiple refusals to comment on their interactions with Trump, Sen. But when questioned, he declined to say in public if he'd ever been asked to do that. I'd say that I - for example, Coats saying, I wasn't directed, but not saying if he was asked. King finally blew up, scolding Rogers that what he "feels" isn't relevant.

INSKEEP: So I'm just thinking they answered some of your questions.

INSKEEP: That's Senator Angus King of Maine.

Warner told Rogers the committee had "facts that there were other individuals" who were aware of his conversation with Trump and that a memo had been prepared "because of concerns" about the call.

In a dramatic week in Washington, one of the most high-profile members of the Senate Intelligence Committee has become Independent Sen.

James Comey's testimony may have been great political theater, but it's far from clear whether there's enough ammo from it to nail the president on obstruction-of-justice charges, experts told The Post on Thursday. 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".

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