Arizona Sen. McCain Questions Intelligence Officials

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The director of the US National Security Agency has said he has never been asked to do anything illegal or felt pressure to do anything immoral during his three years at the helm.

It's been reported that Trump asked Rogers to publicly state that there is no evidence that there was collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Wednesday during questioning at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, ranking Democrat Sen.

McCain asked Coats why he was still keeping information about President Donald Trump asking Former FBI Director James Comey to interfere with the Russian Federation probe classified during the public briefing, despite so much information already available in a recent edition of the Washington Post.

"We've had reports as recently as yesterday that maybe even a few times, the President tried to intervene with Director Coats to ask him to either downplay or dismiss the FBI investigation into contacts between Trump officials (and Russia)", Warner said.

"And once again senator, I will say that I do believe it is inappropriate to discuss that in any open setting", Coats replied.

We don't know exactly what happened in the separate conversations between the president and Coats and Rogers. Sen. AFP | Fired FBI director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that US President Donald Trump urged him to drop a probe into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn - a bombshell revelation ahead of his hotly-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill.

At the often contentious hearing, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, was the first to press the question. "And to the best of my recollection during that same period of service I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do".

"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December", added Comey, who was sacked by the United States president early last month.

Coats was testifying Wednesday before the Senate intelligence committee. 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. "That tells me we have more investigating to do", he wrote.

"I'm not sure I have a legal basis", Coats admitted.

Martin Heinrich (D-NM) about the memo he wrote that was cited by Trump to justify Comey's firing, instead repeatedly directing them to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The panel also questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who testified publicly for the first time since Comey was sacked. There are reports out in the press that the president privately appealed you, Admiral Rogers, and to you, Director Coats, to downplay the Russian Federation investigation.

It's a new twist for a hearing Wednesday that was set to be dominated by questions about the Russian Federation investigation.

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. Coats, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing, felt blindsided, officials said.