Comey Says Trump Pressured Him On Russia Probe


"If we were to lose the 702 authority, I would fully expect leaders from some of our closest allies would put out one loud scream", said Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

A CNN panel on Wednesday reacted with shock after seeing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers refuse to answer senators' questions about conversations they'd had with President Donald Trump about former FBI Director James Comey.

DNI spokesman Brian Hale said in advance of the hearing, "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President".

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

The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening that Coats told associates in March that Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe.

Coats told the senators that he "never felt pressured to intervene in any way" in terms of shaping intelligence and intervening in any ongoing investigation.

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Towards the end of today's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with a number of intelligence agency chiefs, Sen.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, who was sacked by Trump on May 9, is scheduled to testify before the same committee Thursday morning.

"It's more than disturbing if it's true", McCain said.

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. Comey associates say that before the director was sacked in May, the president had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn, and Comey refused.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is also scheduled to testify.

Rosenstein's public testimony will be the first since he appointed - in the face of rising pressure from Congress - former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating possible links between Russian Federation and the election.

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over after Comey was sacked, will also be at Wednesday's hearing.

McCabe told King he didn't know if he could answer or not, stating it might "fall within the purview" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

King blasted Rogers, saying if there is no invocation of executive privilege, "Why are you not answering these questions". In the statement, Comey says Trump asked him for "loyalty" at a January dinner. Comey appears before the same committee on Thursday.

At the often contentious hearing, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, was the first to press the question.

The White House and US intelligence chiefs Wednesday backed making permanent a law that allows for the collection of digital communications of foreigners overseas, escalating a fight in Congress over privacy and security.

Privacy advocates have criticized the law though for allowing the incidental collection of data belonging to millions of Americans without a search warrant.

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