FEDERAL DAILY ACTION Friday, June 9
DEMAND COATS AND ROGERS ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT TRUMP
The public has a right to know if Trump has asked our top intelligence officers to help him squash an ongoing investigation. These are not classified conversations and should be made public.
CALL Dan Coates, Director of National Intelligence
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I’m deeply disappointed [Admiral Rogers / Director Coats] would not answer basic questions during the Senate Intelligence Hearing about conversations they had with Trump concerning Comey or the Russia investigation. The American public has a right to know if the president behaved inapproriately, and we need transparency from our intelligence leaders in order to maintain any faith in our national institutions.
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On June 7th, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, where they were questioned about their interactions with Trump. Several news outlets previously reported that Trump personally asked both Coats and Rogers to intervene with Comey and the Russian probe and encourage Comey to back off of the investigation. It was also reported that both men did not feel comfortable with Trump’s request and did not act on his wishes.
During the hearing, however, both Coats and Rogers refused to answer basic questions about Trump’s requests. “I’m not prepared to answer your question today,” Coats responded to Marco Rubio when asked if he had ever “been asked by the president or the White House to influence an ongoing investigation.” Rogers also refused to answer questions, stating “I’m not going to discuss the specifics of discussions with the president of the United States.” As multiple Senators from both sides of the aisle pointed out, these questions were not classified matters and answering them in an publicized session was not dangerous or illegal in any sense. Despite the fact that there was no legal basis for the men to refuse to answer the Senators’ questions, the intelligence officers continued to stonewall. Their motive or reasoning is still unclear.