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Rogers was responding to a senator's question about whether President Donald Trump asked him to intervene in or downplay the ongoing FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

The directors of national intelligence and the National Security Agency say they are in discussions with the White House about whether their conversations with President Donald Trump are protected by executive privilege. And so what did Coats say then? Both men believed the request was inappropriate, and Trump's conversation with Rogers was documented in a memo, a former senior intelligence official said.

It's been reported that Trump asked Rogers to publicly state that there is no evidence that there was collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. The intelligence officials are also expected to defend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA - the stated topic of the hearing - which will expire on December 31 unless Congress votes to reauthorize it. Section 702 allows the NSA to collect digital communications of foreigners believed to be living overseas whose communications pass through USA telephone or Internet providers.

Coats declined to address a Washington Post report Tuesday that Trump urged him to ask FBI Director James Comey to back off the Russian Federation investigation.

Two intelligence chiefs testified Wednesday that they've never felt pressured to take improper actions regarding intelligence matters, including the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The president has repeatedly called for an end to the various inquires swirling around his administration. But unlike Comey, they refused to offer any details about their personal dealings with President Trump.

Though the Office of the Director of National Intelligence oversees other intelligence agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director operates independently of the director on many matters.

Coats again stayed mum Wednesday when he was asked by Sen.

"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 believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate", said National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers. "But the requirements of our oversight duties and your agencies demand it".

In an interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday, Eric Trump asserted that the Trumps have no dealings with Russian Federation and no projects with Russian Federation. Coats, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing, felt blindsided, officials said.

The White House backed away from the idea of naming Feinberg after Coats and members of the intelligence community and Congress raised objections. Several top intelligence officials were on hand.

Reuters reported in March that the Trump administration supported renewal of Section 702 without any changes, citing an unnamed White House official, but it was not clear at the time whether it wanted the law made permanent.

In an appearance last month before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats refused to provide details about his interactions with Trump.

Just a day after Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, he headed to the Capitol for a pair of closed-door briefings about his decision. Kamala Harris' questioning of Rosenstein, Sens.

MARTIN HEINRICH: I think your unwillingness to answer a very basic question speaks volumes.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tried to push back on that argument, asking whether Mueller has told the witnesses they should not testify.

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