Top Intel Community Officials Deny That Trump Pressured Them On Russia Probe

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"I do not share with the general public conversations that I have with the President or many of my colleagues within the administration that I believe should not be shared", Coats repeated.

A Washington Post report published on Tuesday claimed that Trump asked everyone except Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to leave the room after a March briefing.

This morning, the Senate intelligence committee held a kind of dress rehearsal for the Comey hearing tomorrow.

The Senate hearing featured officials closely tied to Trump's abrupt firing last month of Comey, which sparked accusations the president was trying to hinder the FBI investigation and stifle questions about possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

The spokesman, Brian Hale, gave no further details, saying, "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the president".

"I'm not going to discuss the specifics of conversations with the president of the United States", Rogers told Warner.

Today this is definitely the room where it happens
Today this is definitely the room where it happens

A Coats spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Flynn resigned in February following reports that he had diplomatically engaged Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump taking office and that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about that conversation.

Though the Office of the Director of National Intelligence oversees other intelligence agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director operates independently of the director on many matters.

The president then complained about Comey's handling of the FBI investigation, officials familiar with Coats' account told the paper. Instead, he referred to his prior statements in the public record.

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 U.S. president.

Wednesday, Coats and Rogers said they never felt pressured by Trump to impede any investigation.

London Bridge attackers had 'planned to use 7.5 tonne lorry'
The 21-year-old worked as a nanny in London and had previously been described as missing after the attacks Saturday night. Relatives of Australian Sara Zelenak have confirmed she was killed in the London attacks over the weekend.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey from testifying on Thursday by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.

"I do likewise", Coats echoed.

Some of the nation's intelligence leaders are testifying before Congress today.

"But if he wants to watch it, it's not like we can say, 'oh, the TV doesn't work", one official told Politico.

"The easiest way to get out of that is if there are tapes to release them", King said on CNN's "360".

Comey wrote, "I did not reply or ask him what he meant by 'that thing'".

Comey boosted case for obstruction charges against Trump: legal experts
On Friday an angry Trump said Comey "lied" and that he was "100 percent" prepared to be interviewed by Mueller in any probe. Inevitably, that would induce the media to tell the world - incessantly - that Trump himself was under investigation.

After similar questions from Sen.

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

The day after the report, Coats declined to answer whether it was true - but Coats also teased that he may be open to answering the question if asked by the right committee.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia asked if they could show up in the SCIF, the secure facility for classified hearings, but Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said that was not an option.

That's because the officials also declined to definitively say that Trump hadn't asked them to do so.

After the panel narrowed the scope of that subpoena and issued additional ones for records from two of his businesses, Flynn agreed to turn over some documents. He noted that the committee is still working with Flynn to see whether he will agree to be interviewed as part of the panel's investigation.

Rabada sparks England slump as Proteas win 3rd ODI
Proof of their resurgence came when they posted a world record ODI score of 444/3 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge past year . England were bowled out for 153 before South Africa eased to victory to reduce their series defeat to 2-1.

McCabe, similarly, had previously said that he was unaware of any effort to impede the investigation that the FBI conducted until a special counsel was named last month to take over the inquiry.

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