U.S. intelligence chiefs deny White House pressure to ease Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

The FBI's Acting Director, Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, and Director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, are all included in the hearing and are expected to answer questions about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Rogers indicated that while he and Coats have had conversations with the White House about a potential claim of executive privilege, he said that they had not gotten a definitive answer.

Top U.S. intelligence officials will face questions on the FBI probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and fallout from the firing of the bureau's former director, James Comey, when they appear at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

He added, "And to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, I do not recall feeling ever pressured to do so".

During the hearing McCain questioned National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

"Well, my time is short", Wyden said, and Coats fired back, "Well, I would like to answer the question".

Coats did not offer any details, but said, "Just because it's in The Washington Post doesn't mean it's declassified".

All facing questions about President Trump.

Coats will be asked about the meeting during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee early Wednesday.

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When the two were alone, Entous reports, "The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey's handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates".

That potential bombshell testimony - in which Comey also may address whether Trump urged him to halt or ease up on an investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation - comes Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Coats replied that he is willing to come before the committee "to tell you what I know and don't know", but he said he is "not prepared to answer your question" in an open hearing.

On Wednesday, senators could ask for greater context about alleged White House pressure on Mr. Comey to kill parts of his investigation. Rogers said he was yet to receive a definitive answer.

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.

"I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December", added Comey, who was sacked by the U.S. president early last month. McCabe and Rosenstein said they were not aware of anyone in receiving a call from the president or his allies asking how they could intervene in any ongoing investigations.

To put it in frustratingly opaque government-speak, these top intelligence officials haven't confirmed whether Trump had inappropriate conversations with them about the FBI investigation.

FILE PHOTO - Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe arrives to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 11, 2017.

The committee is holding a closed session after lunch with staff about the technicalities of the law that allows the intelligence community to surveil foreign targets.

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