5 things to watch: Coats, Rogers, McCabe and Rosenstein testify

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Both National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats soft-shoed their way around the question, adding that they didn't feel it was appropriate to discuss specifics about conversations they'd had with the president.

McCabe refused to say why it was not appropriate to answer questions about any conversations he may have had, and said again that Comey would speak for himself.

There were two logical possibilities, the official said: first, that the media reports are true and Trump did say something that could be construed as inappropriate.

"But I will make the following comment".

"Part of my job, I think, is to try and shepherd this in a bipartisan way so when we reach conclusions, the American people understand how we got there", he explained.

King then reminded Rogers of the oath he took when he was confirmed. But what specifically does that mean when you say that someone is not a target of a counterintelligence investigation?

Sen. August King (D-Maine) on Wednesday attempted to smash the stonewalling non-answers from intelligence officials, as they refused to say whether President Donald Trump attempted to recruit them in alleged efforts to downplay the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and members of his campaign. "However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations".

During the same hearing, Democratic Sen.

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Such a revelation came moments before fired FBI Director James Comey in a prepared statement claimed that Donald Trump asked him to stop the FBI investigation against former national security advisor Michael Flynn. But even Burr, who helped advise the Trump transition team, admonished the panel that they can't simply avoid answering at all.

"On the record I would like a legal justification for your refusal to answer the question today", Sen. Is there an invocation by the president of executive privilege?

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said a classified briefing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was going to focus on technical issues dealing with the FISA surveillance law and would not include the four witnesses who testified in the public hearing. But both also said they still need to consult the White House on whether executive privilege will be invoked.

Sen. Angus King of ME, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, picked up on Heinrich's questions, demanding a "legal justification" for why Rogers and Coats were not answering questions. Coats said in response to a line of questioning from Arizona Sen. "Why are you not answering these questions?" "It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey testified.

"I feel it's inappropriate Senator", Rogers responded.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's open hearing will feature officials closely tied to President Donald Trump's abrupt firing last month of Comey, which sparked accusations that the Republican president had dismissed him to hinder the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and stifle questions about possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Brian Hale, a DNI spokesman, declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation.

HORSLEY: But when senators pressed the intelligence officials on whether Trump had asked them to intervene, Rogers and Coats repeatedly brushed them off. Rogers' refusal drew an angry rebuke from Maine Senator Angus King.