Are top U.S. Intelligence Officials Covering for Donald Trump?
Top U.S. intelligence officials went before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday but refused to answer basic questions about their conversations with President Donald Trump.
Dan Coats of National Intelligence, National Security Agency (NSA) head, Admiral Michael Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe repeated took the fifth when questioned about their interactions with President Trump.
This has raised fears in intelligence circles that the top officials’ refusal to answer basic questions may have been attempts to protect the president.
“It appears these men came to the Senate Intelligence Committee and decided that they will not provide relevant information that we need to understand the role the president is playing to kill the Russia investigations,” an intelligence official lamented.
Head of the NSA Adm. Rogers said he has not been directed by anyone to do anything illegal.
“In the three-plus years that I have been the director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believed to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate,” he told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He insisted that he does “not recall ever feeling pressure to do so.”
But under questioning from the ranking member, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rogers said he would not discuss his interactions with President Trump.
Dan Coats, a former Republican Senator and current Director of National Intelligence also refused to discuss his conversations with the president.
“I’m willing to come before the committee and tell you what I know and don’t know,” he told the Committee.
“What I’m not willing to do is share information I think ought to be protected in an opening hearing,” he added.
The top intelligence officials also declined to disclose their unclassified discussions with the president when Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) pressed them to clear the air.
This is ongoing and will be updated if news breaks.
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