The Senate Intelligence Committee held another hearing on the law allowing the NSA to conduct warrantless wiretapping, and it quickly devolved into a partisan food fight as Democrats wouldn’t let the Great Russian Ruse go.
However, one thing none of them expected was when Democrat Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia pressed DNI Dan Coats on a recent Washington Post report alleging President Trump tried to interfere with the Russian investigation. In fact, after first reusing to answer any questions related to conversations he’s had with the President, Coats flat-out rebuked the report, and even called into question the integrity of the Washington Post.
The nation’s top intelligence official essentially shot down a bombshell report that President Trump tried to interfere in the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his associates with Moscow.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence committee on Wednesday morning that, “In my time of service, which is interacting with the President of the United States or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured, I’ve never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation.”
Coats initially declined to make any comment at all on the matter, stating, “I do not feel it is appropriate for me in a public session to breach confidential conversations between the president and myself in a public session,” and, “I don’t think this is the appropriate venue to do this in.”
However, under persisting grilling by the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, Coats then issued what appeared to be a blanket denial of a Washington Post report that Trump had tried to get him to interfere in the FBI’s Russia probe.
Coats even indicated he did not find the Post always credible.
When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the report detailed and disturbing, if true, Coats replied, with a smile, that he had been in Washington long enough not to take everything the paper reports “at face value.”
Coats was joined by Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the NSA, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein in rebuking the Post’s report, which used anonymous sources to smear the President. So now, all four of those testifying to the Senate have outright denied that President Trump tried to interfere with or otherwise alter the outcome of the Russian investigation.
The only question that remains is, when are the Democrats going to let this thing finally die?