‘What You Feel Isn’t Relevant’: Sen. Angus King Blasts Intel Chiefs for Not Answering Questions
Senator Angus King (I- ME) grilled the intel chiefs testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today about why they weren’t answering any of the questions being posed to them.
A few minutes prior, Senator Martin Heinrich (D- NM) asked acting FBI director Andrew McCabe about conversations he’s had with James Comey about his conversations with President Trump. McCabe said he would not answer.
So King asked McCabe, “Why not? Do you not remember them?”
McCabe said they may fall “within the purview” of the special counsel’s investigation, but King asked, “Is there some prohibition in the law that I’m not familiar with that you can’t discuss an item that you’ve been asked directly?”
McCabe said that wouldn’t be appropriate, and King grilled him for a little longer before turning to NSA chief Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
King demanded to know why they won’t directly answer the questions about their conversations with the President of the United States. Rogers said, “I feel it is inappropriate.”
King shot back, “What you feel isn’t relevant, Admiral. What you feel isn’t the answer.”
Rogers told him, “I’m not interested in repeating myself, sir. And I don’t mean that in a contentious way.”
“Well, I do mean it in a contentious way,” King said. “I don’t understand why you’re not answering our questions.”
He grilled Coats with the same questions as well and attempted to get them both to commit to giving more direct and forthright answers in a closed session.
King concluded by scolding them once again for “inappropriately refusing to answer” the committee’s questions.
Watch above, via CNN.
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