The nation’s top intelligence official testified on Tuesday that the government leaks that hurt national security, while remaining mum on the latest leak-driven-report– that President Trump asked him and other top officials of the swat down claims of collusion between his 2016 campaign, and Russia.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump saw the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and the National Security Agency Director allowed Michael Rogers to push back against the FBI, Russia-a probe according to the former FBI Director, James Comey March 20 testimony, in which he said, the legislature, the office was the investigation of the “nature of all the links.”
In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., Coats asked if the Post was the last story of “accurate reporting”, the coats declined to comment directly.
“As the President’s main intelligence Advisor, I am happy to spend a little time to discuss it with the President, the national security interest and intelligence,” coats said. “I have always believed that, given the nature of my position and the information that we share, it is not appropriate for me to comment, publicly, and on this subject, I do not feel it is appropriate to characterize talks with the President.”
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But coats highlights the significance of leaks and their potential to harm national security.
“The publication of information to find out not only undermines confidence in our allies, but our ability to secure the information we share with them, and they do not compromise the sources and methods of inestimable value, of what is going on and what the threats are,” coats said.
“Lives are at stake and leaks endanger those lives,” coats told the Committee.
Ranking member sen. Jack Reed, Dr. I., presented coats with a hypothetical question whether it would be appropriate if a President, the NSA or ODNI stretched to the type of requirement described in the latest report.
“I made it clear in my confirmation hearing in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that my role of the DNI, the provision of information and intelligence-relevant information to policy-makers, so that you can base your judgments on that,” replied coats. “Any political design would not be appropriate—I have my position clear, that this administration, and I would like to claim that position.”
Coats said the legislator, that, if a memo existed, to prove the facts of the Washington Post report that said coats, not exist, he would make available, along with all the other relevant details to Special Counsel Robert Müller.
Coats also told the legislators that he was aware of all the applications to ignore by trump administration, written or oral, appointment of officials in the ODNI requests from congressional oversight requests.
Coats, though, said that the ODNI was looking at “every possibility, Russia in the responsibility,” and said it was “very clear consensus” that Russia is experimenting in the US elections, as well as the elections in other Western countries.
But Sen., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to down coats, whether he had any conversations with Rogers about The “Washington Post” allegations, the coats, took an extended break, and said, that was something he would like to “hold back.”
Blumenthal slammed, coats, and said, based on his response, he took over the “implied answer is Yes”, and requested the information on the substance of a potential conversation in a different setting.
The hearing was originally planned to focus on “worldwide threats,” the lawmakers and witnesses discussed, condemned the attacks in Manchester on Monday night, 22 killed and wounded more than 50. The Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack, but U.S. officials have not yet this statement verified.
Coats said the legislator, that he came back recently from London, where he will be a “considerable time” about the threat to the homeland.
“It’s all too much is happening said,” coats. “It reminds us, this threat is not real, it’s gone, and it needs a lot of attention.”
Coats outlined the main threats to the U.S. homeland, with a focus on cyber threats, ISIS, Russia, Syria, the ability to the use of chemical weapons, and the growing threat North Korea poses for the United States
Coats said the legislator, that his “first message” to the intelligence committee,” the do their job.”
Coats added: “Give us the best intelligence of each entity in the world and keep your focus on what we do here–I’m confident that what we do here.”
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
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