During Wednesday morning's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly declined to directly answer whether Trumpasked them to publicly downplay the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe, or to otherwise interfere with the investigation, as numerous reports claim.
Two of the nation's top intelligence officials said in a hearing Wednesday they would not discuss specifics of private conversations with President Trump, declining to say whether they had been asked to push back against an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.
Comey's exit came amid the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, including possible collusion between Russia and Trump's election campaign.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the second-ranking official at the Department of Justice who signed a letter recommending Comey's dismissal, also testified on Wednesday, as did acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over after Comey was sacked.
But Rogers said he had never been directed to do anything illegal, immoral or inappropriate during his time as NSA director while Coats said he had never felt pressured to intervene with shaping intelligence.
The verbal sparring became so intense that Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, intervened at one point during a sharp exchange between California Democrat Kamala Harris and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So, Heinrich stated the obvious - that Coats' "unwillingness to answer a very basic question speaks volumes".
In it, Comey details a series of interactions with Trump that made him uneasy and appear to show the president disregarding the FBI's traditional independence from the White House.
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.
A Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 7, 2017.
"Are you prepared to say that you've never been asked to interfere in an investigation at the FBI?"
On Thursday, James Comey shall testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, indicated Wednesday that he plans to question a witness to Coats's conversation with the president.
By the end of it, King said they would have to provide a legal answer why they couldn't answer the questions.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it's standard practice for executive branch officials, such as the ones who testified, to decline to discuss conversations with the president. Rogers said he hoped he would be able to answer the senators' questions during a classified briefing in the future.
King noted that none of the men were answering any of the questions the American public has, but none of the men gave a shit because they all wanted off the hot seat.
Zaghba's Italian mother, Valeria Collina, said her son had been radicalised online and fell into the wrong crowd in London . Questions are being raised about whether British police missed crucial warning signs that could have prevented the attack.
The newspaper reported a top Tory saying that the party was still expecting a majority of 50 or more. The Prime Minister was asked if she would resign if the Conservatives lost their majority next week.
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He said that they are hoping that the suspect will realize that what he took is priceless and return the items. Some of Best's possessions ― including his wallet ― were missing from the backpack when officers recovered it.
A city famous for its music would not let a senseless act deter them from holding their heads high and carrying on. ET and will be live-streamed on MTV's website , Ariana Grande's Facebook Page , YouTube , and Twitter .
Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match . However, Saina came back strongly to win the next two points, before levelling the game at 5-5.
He had some opportunities obviously to close it out, and he served a double fault in the tiebreak on one of the set points. You can be very pumped - "great, I've won the point" or "damn, I've lost the point and just got broken, I'm really upset".
The jury consists of seven white women, two African-American women, two white men, and one African-American man. Attorneys will continue questioning potential jurors for a third day on Tuesday in the Ray Tensing case.
The White House on Monday denied suggestions from US reporters that Trump "picked a fight" with Khan "because he was Muslim". He said there was still "great sorrow and anger" across the city about the "barbaric " and "cowardly" attack.
Being a diehard Seinfeld fan and given Jerry's friendship with Larry David, I'm not exactly shocked he turned down a hug. Jerry Seinfeld rejected a hug request from Kesha three times in an awkward moment captured on camera.
She was tied for 7th with Paula Creamer , who, although she held the overnight lead, shot a 3-over-par 74 with five bogeys. It just shows these last two days have been good golf. "I just need to regroup, and then I'll be OK after that".
In dry drowning , water is in the mouth or nose and the vocal cords spasm, trapping the water, causing the person to asphyxiate. Baby Frankie's family has since set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for the unexpected funeral costs of their son.
Should he receive a sentence of more than 18 months, he will be dishonorably discharged from national service. According to Koreaboo , currently, he in intensive care and did not regain consciousness as of yet.
It said the Irish economy was projected to expand solidly, but growth would fall toward more sustainable rates in the near future. The Organisation of Economic Security and Development (OECD) has significantly upgraded the growth forecast for Slovenia.
Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Additional support was received from the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Children's Hospital, U.S.
Sessions was the first sitting United States senator to endorse Trump and became one of his top advisers on the campaign trail. But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer Sessions.
Delaware's greenhouse gases come from three primary sources: energy production, transportation, and industry. This comes after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the federal government from the accord.
This was the second year in a row that Bacsinszky beat seven-time major champion Venus Williams in the fourth round in Paris. She compiled a whopping 46-15 advantage in winners against the 23rd-seeded Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S.
He said that it was a privilege for every soldier to be entrusted with the safety, security and integrity of the country. It is to mention here that the attack took place at a time when Indian Army Chief and top commanders are in Srinagar .
Attendees at the pro-Trump rally expressed support for the president's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Accord. Thousands more protested in more than 100 cities across the country, including New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
Its high-budget epic-drama " Marco Polo " was also cancelled at the tail-end of past year after two seasons. As we grow the membership base, we want to grow the content budget. "So we are continuing to watch them".