Two of President Donald Trump’s top security administrators raised serious questions this week when they refused to respond to questions about Trump’s obstruction of justice relating to the Russian scandal.
National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified this week before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, where they declined to say whether or not Trump had tried to interfere with ongoing federal investigations.
Needless to say, they made Trump look extremely guilty with their refusal to answer questions.
Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials refused to say Wednesday whether President Donald Trump asked them to intervene in or downplay the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigation, though they said they have never felt pressure to act inappropriately.
Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, NSA Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats repeatedly stonewalled when asked about news reports that Trump asked each of them to downplay or refute the FBI’s probe, which is examining whether Trump’s associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Rogers is the same man who made headlines recently for becoming one of the highest-ranking federal administrators to admit that the Russians were “involved” with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“There is no question that we [the NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians,” Rogers reportedly said earlier this year.
Lawmakers who were questioning Rogers and Coats became visibly frustrated when the two men refused to give straightforward answers.
The nation’s top intelligence officials came under withering questioning Wednesday from senators who are demanding they reveal their conversations with President Trump and whether he asked them to roll back the FBI’s Russia investigation.
‘I’m not interested in repeating myself sir, and I don’t mean that in a contentious way,’ said NSA Director Mike Rogers, after getting pressed repeatedly by Maine Senator Angus King about whether the president asked him to dial back the FBI probe.
‘Well I do mean it in a contentious way!’ shot back King (I-Maine). ‘I don’t understand why you’re not answering our question,’ he said during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
Senators wanted to know whether Trump asked top intelligence officials to intervene with the FBI, which is probing Russian election interference and contacts with Trump campaign officials and associates.