Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
National | By Mildred Castro

Intel officials refuse to answer questions on Trump and Russia

Intel officials refuse to answer questions on Trump and Russia

Angus King (I-ME) - who last month said reports about Trump's interactions with former FBI Director James Comey regarding the Russian Federation probe get "very close to the legal definition of obstruction of justice" - become upset with Coats and other officials for declining to answer basic questions about their conversations with Trump. Martin Heinrich today sparked a tense exchange with two of the nation's top intelligence and law enforcement chiefs about conversations they'd had with Comey and President Donald Trump about ongoing Russian Federation investigations.

"Director Coats said he'd be happy to tell the whole truth before the appropriate committee", Virginia Sen. But Coats held his ground, saying "I do not share with the general public conversations that I had with the president or with many of my colleagues within the administration". AFP | Fired FBI director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that US President Donald Trump urged him to drop a probe into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn - a bombshell revelation ahead of his hotly-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill. Marco Rubio of Florida during a Senate intelligence committee hearing, "Are prepared to say you have never been asked?".

He added he never recalled feeling "pressured to do so".

FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are also being grilled by the Senate Intelligence panel, the latter of whom said he will absolutely not answer questions about the Russian Federation probe.

Trump will not use executive privilege to block James Comey's testimony
That ended speculation that Trump may try to block potentially explosive Comey testimony on Thursday. Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information.

Coats: "In my time of service, which is interacting with the president of the United States, or anybody in this administration, I have never been pressured".

Obviously, tomorrow, we will be hearing from former FBI Director Comey. "And I'm certainly not blaming you, but it certainly an interesting town in which we exist". Any attempt by the White House or even the President himself to exploit this community as a tool for political purposes is deeply, deeply troubling. Like Coats, Rogers refused to comply with the president's request.

With the frustrated lawmakers gearing up for Thursday's long-awaited testimony from ousted FBI Director James Comey, the committee on Wednesday afternoon took the unusual step of releasing the written statement Comey plans to deliver.

Coats' testimony before the Senate intelligence committee has been scheduled for weeks, an event that was already expected to kick off two days of blockbuster hearings.

AMD Details Ryzen Mobile, Threadripper, Radeon Vega, and Epyc at Computex 2017
As expected, AMD dished more details on the forthcoming ThreadRipper lineup, which tops out with 16 cores and 32 threads. It's clear that the industry and consumers were hungry for the innovation Ryzen has brought back to the PC market.

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.

The White House has been trying to grow a serious investigation into leaks and appeared to score a victory over the weekend when news emerged that 25-year-old NSA contractor, Reality Winner, had been arrested for alleged leaking an NSA report detailing Kremlin efforts to hack voting machines during last year's election.

Both declined to discuss specific discussions with the president.

Trump's surrogates may have said earlier this week that the President will not block Comey from testifying by claiming executive privilege.

British police rush to London Bridge after reports of van hitting pedestrians
Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC Radio 5 Live they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed the incident there. Police asked people to avoid the area, armed officers were seen at the scene and the bridge is closed in both directions.

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