NSA chief says was never asked to act illegally

Some officials said they viewed the prospective appointment of Feinberg as an effort to put pressure on intelligence agencies to close ranks with the White House. "Her-cyoo-LEE-an", he coached. "HERR-clee-un", he said.

"Comey said he told Trump he was not "'reliable' in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth".

Here's what's really herculean: being a Trump aide and trying not to implicate the boss even though it is patently obvious that he attempted to restrict the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Rogers, responding testily to Warner's repeated attempts to get additional details, refused to confirm or deny the reports.

DETROW: Absolutely, because the other key conversation about pressure and ongoing investigations is the conversation that NPR and many other news outlets have reported that happened between President Trump and former FBI Director Jim Comey.

Coats, who was appointed by Trump and is a former congressman from IN, said he would answer questions about the matter at a closed hearing later Wednesday afternoon.

DETROW: Well, they are focusing on Comey, criticizing him, saying that he's partisan.

McCabe said the conversation may be within the purview of the investigation into Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump had said at the time on NBC that he had "this Russian Federation thing" in mind when he fired Comey. The pair's relationship came under scrutiny last month, when Mr Trump unexpectedly fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation director and failed to provide a resolute reason.

"Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate", The Post's national security team reported. In an oversight hearing, when senators demand non-classified information from administration officials, the officials have limited options.

"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December", added Comey, who was sacked by the United States president early last month. Nor was it because the special prosecutor had asked them not to talk; he hadn't.

Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the issue of illegal leaks.

I want to thank the Chairman for hosting this hearing on the 702 program and ways to ensure its effectiveness.

He added that they were also able to find a photograph through the program that helped "an African partner" arrest two Islamic State militants, and which led to more information on the group. His exchange with King was even worse.

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"Why are you not answering these questions?"

ROGERS: - That I felt to be inappropriate, nor have I felt pressured to do so.

KING: What you feel isn't relevant, admiral.

5. Will the White House exercise executive privilege? "The answer is, why are you not answering the questions?"

"But I will make the following comment".

Senator King wasn't having it: "Well I do mean it in a contentious way", he snapped back.

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed", Comey said.

That wasn't the question. "I replied only that 'he is a good guy'".

"I do likewise", Coats echoed.

Coats again stayed mum Wednesday when he was asked by Sen.

"Well, Senator, I just hate to keep repeating this, but I'm going to do it", Coats replied.

Why is this not surprising? Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the panel sought Flynn's business files - including travel, expense and phone records - to determine whether those records "would give us insight as to where he was when he was, what reimbursements he received, what expenses he might have had". Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, to lay off and let the witnesses answer. There was widespread consensus that the officials were shielding Trump, and clumsily. Sen.

At least that's easier to pronounce than "herculean".

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