Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET
In a recent interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Intelligence chiefs in question gave shocking answers to the question they asked. In this, they gave no answer towards anything surrounding the possible situation between Trump and Russia. No matter what or how severely they were asked, the Chiefs were refusing to glean any information at all.
The members of the Senate Intelligence Committee had one question they asked, again and again, Wednesday of the country’s intelligence chiefs: Did President Trump want you to downplay investigations surrounding Russia?
And time and again, the intelligence officials declined to answer.
At the often contentious hearing, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, the committee’s vice chairman, was the first to press the question. He asked the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the head of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, about media reports that Trump asked them to intervene in the Justice Department investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the broader inquiry surrounding Russia.
Both answered in broad terms.
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“In the three-plus years I have been director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate,” Rogers said. “I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so.”
Coats responded in a similar vein.
“In my time of service,” Coats said, “I have never been pressured, I’ve never felt pressure to intervene or interfere, in any way, with shaping intelligence in a political way.”
However, neither would discuss their conversations with Trump, and declined to say if he asked them to take any action regarding the investigations.
Warner, along with several other senators, kept pushing and ultimately expressed frustration with the intelligence chiefs.
There are “reports, that nobody has laid to rest here, that the president of the United States has intervened directly in an ongoing FBI investigation and we’ve got no answers from any of you,” Warner said.
The verbal sparring became so intense that Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, intervened at one point during a sharp exchange between California Democrat Kamala Harris and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.