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Senators to ask about Trump pushback on Russia investigation

Senators to ask about Trump pushback on Russia investigation Senate Intel Committee Hearing – Live updates
Grace Luna | 11 June, 2017, 10:49

And on May 22, the Washington Post reported that Trump had asked Coats and Rogers to publicly "push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government".

"If we were to lose the 702 authority, I would fully expect leaders from some of our closest allies would put out one loud scream", said Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

McCabe said they may fall "within the purview" of the special counsel's investigation, but King asked, "Is there some prohibition in the law that I'm not familiar with that you can't discuss an item that you've been asked directly?" Warner responded. "Because that is what the questions are being asked about, reports that nobody has laid to rest here that the President intervened directly in an ongoing FBI investigation".

Acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe refused to answer when asked whether he had talked to Comey, his predecessor, about claims that Trump put pressure on him to close down Russia-related inquiries.

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.

McCabe repeated he would not comment on the conversation he'd had with Comey or about ones Comey may have had with Trump, to Heinrich's seeming consternation.

"What you feel isn't relevant, admiral", King shot back.

Coats said he would not share with the general public any conversations that he had with the president or his colleagues within the administration that he thought should not be shared.

"I think conversations between the president and myself are, for the most part-" he started.

McCabe said those questions fell within the scope of issues being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), noted that Coats and Rogers had said they had not felt "pressured" by Trump. What you feel is not the answer.

Rogers response did not go over well.

However, under persisting grilling by the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

That's when Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) came through, grilling these bamas.

The Senate Intelligence Committee held an open hearing to discuss Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) legislation with top intelligence officials.

"There is a series of questions and I think some confusion about the timing of Mr. Rosenstein's memos and some of the circumstances around the firing of Director Comey", Warner said.

Another source has told CNN that the President may have misunderstood the exact meaning of Comey's words, especially regarding the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

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