On Wednesday two intelligence chiefs testified before the Senate today in an open public hearing. During their testimony, they said that they never felt Trump pressured them to intervene in the Russian investigation.
The head of the NSA Admiral Michael Rogers testified in front of the Senate saying:
“In the three-plus years that I have been the director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believed to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate.”
However, during a tense exchange with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rogers declined to speak about any private conversation he had with the President. Saying that the public hearing was an “inappropriate forum.”
The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates said: “In my time of service, I have never been pressured, I have never felt pressured to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way.”
But when asked about private conversations with the President he said: “I’m willing to come before the committee and tell you what I know and don’t know,” he said. “What I’m not willing to do is share information I think ought to be protected in an opening hearing.”
Furious over Coates and Rogers refusal to answer his questions Warner said:
“You may not have felt pressured but if he’s even asking, to me that is a very relevant piece of information,” Warner said. “At some point these facts have to come out.”
Rogers and Coates did go on the record saying that they were not asked to intervene in the Russian investigation in any way. So why do you think they wouldn’t speak about private conversations with the President?
Source: The Hill