Senior Intel Officials Expected to Face Pressure to Reveal Interactions with Trump

Both Coats and Rogers said they had contacted the White House to ask whether it meant to invoke executive privilege regarding the president's conversations with them, which could prevent the intelligence chiefs from testifying about them.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday reports that President Donald Trump tried to intervene in probes of possible Russian meddling in the USA presidential election are jarring and any interference would be deeply troubling.

Two US intelligence leaders told Congress Wednesday they were never pressured by the White House, as they were grilled on reports that President Donald Trump urged them to downplay probes into an aide's Russian Federation ties.

Warner said that even if the president was just "asking", that's significant.

Rogers said, "Because I feel it is inappropriate".

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Intelligence Director Coats said it was not feasible for the NSA to provide an estimate of the number of Americans whose communications are ensnared incidentally under Section 702.

The hearing Wednesday came amid persistent reports that Trump asked Coats, Rogers, Comey and possibly other top intelligence and justice officials to help shield former national security advisor Michael Flynn, which potentially could lead to obstruction of justice charges against the USA president.

Trump on Wednesday said he meant to nominate a former Justice Department official, Christopher Wray, to replace Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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?"

The Senate Intelligence Committee began two days of highly anticipated hearings Wednesday that could shed new light on the state of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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A direct request from Trump during a February 14 meeting left Comey so unnerved, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing current and former officials, that on the following day he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone again with the president.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies.

He's expected to detail private conversations with Mr. Trump about Russian Federation.

Fired FBI Director James Comey testifies tomorrow. Rosenstein would not answer questions Wednesday about Comey's firing.

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who has filled in since Trump fired Comey on May 9, also refused to answer whether he had discussed the firing with Comey himself, saying the issue stepped into the "lane" of the special counsel who has been appointed to investigate the Trump team's possible collusion with Russian Federation.

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Wednesday's hearing also is focusing on Section 702 of the FISA law.

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