From left to right: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers arrive to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Reuters: U.S. lawmakers press intelligence chiefs on Russia ahead of Comey hearing
Top U.S. intelligence officials faced questions on the FBI probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and fallout from the firing of the bureau's former director, James Comey, when they appeared at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's open hearing featured officials closely tied to President Donald Trump's abrupt firing last month of Comey, which sparked accusations the Republican president was trying to hinder the FBI investigation and stifle questions about possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.
The top Democrat on the committee said media reports that Trump tried to intervene in probes of possible Russian meddling in the election are jarring.
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WNU Editor: When I heard this .... Intelligence officials Rogers and Coats said they won’t discuss specifics of private conversations with Trump (Washington Post) .... and then I heard this .... Top intel officials Coats and Rogers say they've never been 'pressured' on Russia investigations (USA Today) ....I said to myself that the main stream media will immediately lose interest in covering this hearing. Checking the news cable networks now .... and yes .... they are now shifting their focus to tomorrow's James Comey testimony.
Update: The main stream media are now stretching .... Coats and Rogers refuse to say if Trump asked them to sway Russia probe (Politico)
Update #2: You can watch the testimony live here.
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NSA Director Michael Rogers Tells Senate He Never Felt 'Pressured' by White House to Influence Russia Probe -- Newsweek
Coats on Russia Probe: ‘I Have Never Been Pressured’ to Shape Intelligence -- Washington Free Beacon
US intelligence chief 'never felt pressured' by Trump -- BBC
Before Comey testifies, US intel chiefs have their say -- AFP
Coats, Rogers Won’t Discuss Talks With Trump About Russia Probe -- NBC
U.S. Spy Chiefs Refuse to Say If Trump Pressed Them on FBI Probe -- Bloomberg
Intelligence chiefs won't say if Trump asked them to downplay Russia probe -- CNN
U.S. spy chiefs are ducking questions about Trump and Russia -- VICE News