KING: Well I do mean it in a contentious way, I don't understand why you're not answering our questions.
King then asked Coats and Rogers whether they would commit to answering the questions in a closed session. Trump has sometimes pointed to that memo to justify sacking Comey, and on other occasions has said he would have fired him anyway, referring to the Russian investigation as a factor. "I don't think this is the appropriate venue to do this in".
Rogers said he was not answering questions on the content of his conversations with Trump "because I feel it is inappropriate". There's not much question that he felt it was inappropriate because that's when he started keeping what amounted to a diary of these contacts.
Later in the hearing, Sen.
Comey said he was taken aback by specific requests, including one during a private Oval Office meeting in February where he said Trump asked him to end a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Rosenstein gave lengthy replies, but refused to give Harris a yes or no answer.
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats repeatedly refused to answer questions Wednesday from members of a congressional committee to which he belonged in recent years.
Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign.
On one subject, Comey confirmed that the president is being truthful: Comey did tell him three times that he was not personally under investigation.
During his Congressional briefing organised by the powerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday, Comey confessed that he leaked the information about his interaction with the USA president.
King then tried the same line of questioning with Coats, asking: "What is the legal basis for your refusal to testify to this committee?"
Wednesday's hearing was supposed to focus on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that governs how USA intelligence agencies conduct electronic surveillance and collect information between foreign powers and "agents of foreign powers" suspected of terrorism.
"I do not share with the general public conversations that I have with the President or many of my colleagues within the administration that I believe should not be shared", Coats repeated.
Some officials said they viewed the prospective appointment of Feinberg as an effort by the White House to put pressure on intelligence agencies to close ranks with the White House.
King was in full fuss-fight mode and shot back, equally snarky: "Well, I do mean it in a contentious way". What you feel is not the answer.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's open hearing will feature officials closely tied to President Donald Trump's abrupt firing last month of Comey, which sparked accusations that the Republican president had dismissed him to hinder the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and stifle questions about possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
The Washington Post said in an article published June 6 that said Trump pressed Coats to intervene with the FBI on the investigation of Flynn.
Featuring the divide icon, the singer revealed that he has owned the guitar since the age of 11 and can not part ways with it. Well, it didn't seem to affect the 23-year-old's performance at the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday night , thankfully.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented. In announcing his decision, Trump said he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
On Tuesday, police had to resort to firing when the protesters turned violent and damaged property and set vehicles on fire. We can not understand how a chief minister did not have the information of such a massive protest brewing.
Saying he was "not proud" of his behavior, he added, "I should not have responded the way I did, for that I'm sorry". That was before Wednesday's altercation with Ben Jacobs , a political reporter for Britain's The Guardian .
Executive privilege is a legal loophole that allows the president to withhold information from other government branches. Trump also said in an interview that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to fire Comey.
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Hughes also says she sees more people come in to get tickets 30 minutes before the drawing than any other time. A massive $447.8 million jackpot is up for grabs for the lucky person who picked the winning numbers.
All About James Comey
Lynch, as the head of the Justice Department, clandestinely met with Bill Clinton in late June 2016 on an airport tarmac. Finding that out, as Comey noted, is now up to the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
FDA wants opioid painkiller pulled off market
The agency said it would take formal action to remove the product from market if Endo Pharmaceuticals denies the FDA's request. Endo's shares fell 12.2 percent to US$12.10 in extended trading.
Powerball jackpot jumps to $435 million
Telecast live from the Florida Lottery Studios in Tallahassee , the Powerball drawing was for a whopping $380.6 million. You do not need to have the same order as the numbers on the ticket, though the Powerball number is not interchangeable.
Astros score 5 in 9th to top Royals 6-1
McCullers was removed after seven innings, permitting one run and two hits, while striking out eight and walking two. But things changed as with the injuries to Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove certainly tested the wits of our bullpen.
Novak Djokovic 'tanked' the last set, says John McEnroe
Wawrinka's lone worrying moment resulted when he nearly turned an ankle near the net in the last game against Cilic. Friday's semi-final will be the fourth meeting between Nadal and Thiem this season, all of which have come on clay.
India Have Edge over Others in Champions Trophy 2017
England is the bookies' favorite for the trophy, but Bangladesh has beaten England at the last two Cricket World Cups. India's pacers helped India maintain the pressure as they reduced 22/6 after just eight overs.
House panel issues subpoenas for Flynn, others
The committee has ordered lawyer Michael Cohen and security adviser Michael Flynn to appear before them and supply documents. There is disagreement about whether those three subpoenas were issued without the knowledge of committee Democrats.
New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference
HomePod will go on sale in December in Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom and will cost American consumers $349 (A$465). You can activate it with a wake word - "Hey Siri" - and ask an artificially intelligent assistant, Siri, to play music.
Apple unveils HomePod speaker at WWDC 2017
Later Monday, it's expected to announce an internet-connected smart speaker to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home . The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 percent in the first quarter.