NSA chief Rogers & DNI Coats stonewall Senate Intel hearing on Trump

National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats are testifying before the US Senate Intelligence Committee today about Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the FBI’s Russia probe.

In their testimony, Rogers and Coats are doing an awfully good job of not answering the Senators’ questions — even the GOP members who are trying to get Trump off the hook.

Senators are trying to find out what Donald Trump asked Rogers and Coats about the Russia probe. Specifically, Trump reportedly asked both men to publicly deny that there was evidence showing the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and Coats was further asked to ask the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn.

When asked about this today, Rogers responded that he never felt “pressured” by Trump, and that he doesn’t believe he was ever asked to do anything “illegal.” Which wasn’t the question. The question is “what did Trump ask you to do,” not “did you feel pressured or did you feel it was illegal.”

When Rogers was pressed on what Trump actually asked him to do, Rogers responded that he’d already answered the question, which he hadn’t.

Coats gave the same non-answer, nearly verbatim, which makes one wonder whether they were coached and/or colluded on their testimony.

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  • Jim Arndt

    That is not his call to make. To quote the great Jack Webb, “Just the facts ma’am.”

  • woodroad34

    Sorry, the only one spinning it is you. As Laurence Tribe (Harvard Law Professor specializing in Constitutional Law) put it: “@SenAngusKing pressed brilliantly on the unexplained refusals to answer clearly pertinent questions. This is contempt in all but name.”

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  • Badgerite

    Hardly. Even asking is obstruction. The intent is for others in position of power to discredit the Russia investigation and thereby give trump cover to shut it down. That just friggin screams guilty. As is the fact that trump subsequently fired Comey in order to end the investigation of his campaign’s collusion with Russia. He has already stated publicly that that was the real reason for the firing. If you are willing to fire the FBI Director to shut down an investigation into your own or your associates actions, that is obstruction. Period.
    That would be the ultimate “pressure” wouldn’t it.

  • MoonDragon

    Or that the attempt was inept.

  • Jackson

    “No pressure to influence the investigation” means no obstruction, gentlemen. MSM and Trump Haters can spin otherwise, of course.

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