‘I’m Disappointed With That Answer’: Top Democrat Hits NSA Chief For Saying Trump Didn’t Pressure Him
During today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the vice-chairman of the committee expressed disappointment when National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said that he never felt any pressure from President Donald Trump to influence the Russia investigation.
After Rogers told Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) that he wasn’t going to speak about theoreticals regarding a president asking him to comment or intervene in an investigation, he went on to point out that in his role, he has never been directed to do anything immoral or unethical. Rogers added that he did not “recall ever being pressured to do so.”
“Let me ask you specifically, did the president from reports that are out there, ask you in any way, shape or form to back off or downplay the Russian investigation?” Warner pressed the NSA chief.
When Rogers noted that he wouldn’t get into specifics of his conversations with Trump but that he would stand by his initial comment, Warner let it be known that he wasn’t happy with the response.
“I understand your answer — I’m disappointed with that answer,” the Democratic lawmaker stated. “I told you I was going to bring this up. There is — we have facts that there were other individuals that were aware of the call that was made to you, aware of the substance of that call and that there was a memo prepared because of concerns about that call.”
The Washington Post reported last month that Trump asked Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to push back against the FBI’s investigation into Russia and potential collusion. Yesterday, The Post also reported Coats was approached by the president to intervene with former FBI Director James Comey on the FBI’s probe into ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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