Eric Trump: We have no dealings, no projects with Russian Federation

Angie Massey
June 11, 2017

In an often contentious hearing on Capitol Hill, two intelligence chiefs testified Wednesday that they've never felt pressured to take improper actions regarding intelligence matters, including the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

A day before former FBI Director James Comey's high-profile hearing, senators plan to question senior intelligence officials about Trump's controversies and the Russian Federation investigation at a hearing that is supposed to be about re-authorizing a key section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"I've never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way and shape - with shaping intelligence in a political way, or in relationship to an ongoing investigation".

The Washington Post separately reported on Tuesday that Coats told associates in March that Trump asked him if he could intervene with then FBI Director Comey to get the FBI to back off its focus on Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, in its Russian Federation probe, according to officials.

MARCO RUBIO: And I actually think if what is being said to the media is untrue, then it is unfair to the president of the United States.

"In the three-plus years that I have been the director of the NSA, to the best of my recollection I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal", Rogers said.

Early Wednesday, Trump announced his pick to succeed Comey at the FBI - Chrstopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.

In addition to testimony from Coats and Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe are set to testify as well.

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.

Senators plan to use the opportunity to grill Rosenstein to answer questions in public for the first time about the President's motivations for firing Comey and whether it was meant to quash the Russian Federation investigation.

Coats was responding to a senator's question about whether Trump pressured him to publicly downplay the significance of the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

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Wednesday's hearing was a blockbuster in its own right - but Comey's written testimony, released Wednesday by the Senate intelligence committee, shows that Trump was intensely interested in top officials rebutting the Russian Federation stories in public.

"If you could say" the reports weren't true, "you would say that", said Sen.

Some of the nation's intelligence leaders are testifying before Congress today.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee expressed frustration Wednesday in their failure to get answers from President Donald Trump administration's intelligence and Justice Department chiefs about private conversations with the president, who had not invoked executive privilege.

"Then why are you not answering the question?"

Rogers continued: "I have also answered that those conversations were classified".

The Wednesday hearing was regarding the surveillance program at the center of Trump's claims that he had his "wires tapped" by former President Barack Obama.

"You don't think the American people deserve an answer to that?" asked Sen.

Coats says he is not sure he has a legal basis for refusing.

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