President Trump was vindicated today by the testimony of the NSA Director and National Intelligence Director.
One of the issues that came up at the Senate intelligence committee hearing today was an allegation that President Trump put pressure on the FBI to interfere in the Russia investigation.
The Washington Post even put out a “fake news” piece claiming:
“President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.”
Like dozens of other “fake news” pieced The Washington Post puts out, this has also been completely debunked.
NSA Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats both said they felt no pressured to do anything inappropriate by anyone.
Wednesday during questioning at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, ranking Democrat Sen. Mark Warner (VA) questioned NSA Director Mike Rogers about the possibility he was asked to downplay or intervene in an FBI investigation by President Donald Trump.
Rogers refused to talk about “theoreticals” and told Warner he had not been asked to do anything he believed was “illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate.”
Partial transcript as follows:
ROGERS: Today, I am not going to talk about theoreticals. I am not going to discuss the specifics of any interaction or conversation I may or —
WARNER: Can you –
ROGERS: Can I, could I finish, please.
ROGERS: — may not have had with the president of the United States.
I will make the following comment. In the three-plus years, 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 believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate. And to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so.
Wednesday at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he had never “felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way ” with an ongoing investigation.
Coats said, “First of all, I’m always — I — I told you, and I committed to the committee that I would be available to testify before the committee. I don’t think this is the appropriate venue to do this in, given that this is an open hearing, and a lot of confidential information relative to intelligence or other matters — I just don’t feel it’s appropriate for me to do that in this situation.”
“And then, secondly, when I was asked yesterday to respond to a piece that I was told was going to be written and printed in The Washington Post this morning, my response to that was, in my time of service — which is in interacting with the president of the United States or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured,” he continued. “I’ve never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way and shape — with shaping intelligence in a political way, or in relationship.”
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