Senator Angus King, independent of ME, was forced to demand answers after three - Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Admiral Mike Rogers, the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats - refused to answer basic questions.
Heinrich then asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats if Trump had asked him to help blunt investigations into his campaign's relationship with Russian Federation.
Coats reiterated a statement he made to The Post earlier in the hearing that he did not believe it was appropriate to publicly discuss private conversations he had with Trump.
Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, also refused to discuss the matter, and he declined to address a Washington Post report Tuesday that Trump urged him to ask FBI Director James Comey to back off the Russian Federation investigation.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday delivered an unsparing scolding to four senior intelligence and law enforcement officials who repeatedly refused to answer lawmakers' questions.
From left to right: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.
When asked about this today, Rogers responded that he never felt "pressured" by Trump, and that he doesn't believe he was ever asked to do anything "illegal". But Coats held his ground, saying "I do not share with the general public conversations that I had with the president or with many of my colleagues within the administration". And now, according to news reports from last night, the President is alleged to have also personally asked Director Coats and CIA Director Pompeo to intervene directly with then Director Comey to pull back on that same investigation. "I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so".
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over after Comey was sacked, will also be at the hearing. For most of their existence, the two organizations were more likely to investigate each other than to cooperate on a request like this. Any attempt by the White House or even the President himself to exploit this community as a tool for political purposes is deeply, deeply troubling.
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Heinrich: You do realize - and obviously this is not releasing any classified information - but you do realize how simple it would simply be to say 'no that never happened.' Why is it inappropriate Director Coats?
The hearing came a day before former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's Thursday appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The hearing was highly anticipated because stories about the Russian Federation investigation have emerged piecemeal, often based on anonymous sources.
The panel also questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who testified publicly for the first time since Comey was sacked.
But under intense grilling, both told senators that it was "inappropriate" to discuss in a public hearing their conversations with the president.
The White House and its growing "war room" may want to thank a 25-year-old NSA contractor named Reality Winner for becoming the first target of a leak investigation. Coats, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing, felt blindsided, officials said.
King was not satisfied, and suggested the Special Counsel did not hold rank over the United States Senate Intelligence Committee.