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Intelligence Officials Won't Discuss Trump Conversations

Intelligence Officials Won't Discuss Trump Conversations

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">>ONE DAY BEFORE JAMES COMEY'S TESTIMONY, THE HEADS OF TWO U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN GRILLED BY THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE LEARNED A BIT, BUT THERE IS ALSO A LOT THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN WILLING TO SAY. WE HAVE MANY INSTANCES OF THIS. YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THE FRUSTRATION IMMEDIATELY ON THE FACE OF SOME OF THE SENATORS, FOR THE MOST PART DEMOCRATS, BUT MARCO RUBIO ALSO

ATTEMPTED TO GET SOME REAL ANSWERS. THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS, DID DONALD TRUMP INTERVENE IN SOME FASHION TO TRY TO EITHER STOP COMEY OR THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA AND THE ELECTION MORE GENERALLY? HERE IS THE BEGINNING OF THAT. >>DIRECTOR COATS, YOU HAVE SAID AS WELL THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO ANSWER A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN BLUNTING THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. I DON'T CARE HOW YOU FELT, I'M NOT ASKING

WHETHER YOU FELT PRESSURED -- I'M SIMPLY ASKING, DID THAT CONVERSATION OCCUR? >>ONCE AGAIN, SENATOR, I WILL SAY THAT I DO BELIEVE IT'S INAPPROPRIATE FOR ME TO DISCUSS THAT IN AN OPEN SESSION. >>YOU REALIZE -- AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT RELEASING ANY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION -- BUT YOU REALIZE HOW SIMPLE IT WOULD SIMPLY BE TO SAY, NO, THAT NEVER HAPPENED? >>HE WILL CONTINUE TRYING TO GET THIS GUY TO GO ON THE

RECORD, YOU WILL SEE THAT IN THIS CLIP. >>WHY IS IT INAPPROPRIATE, DIRECTOR COATS? >>I THINK CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND MYSELF ARE, FOR THE MOST PART -- >>YOU SEEM TO APPLY THAT STANDARD SELECTIVELY. >>I'M NOT APPLYING IT SELECTIVELY, I'M SAYING I DON'T THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE. >>YOU COULD CLEAR ENOUGH A LOT UP BY SIMPLY SAYING IT NEVER HAPPENED. >>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. >>I THINK YOUR UNWILLINGNESS TO ANSWER A BASIC QUESTION SPEAKS VOLUMES. >>IT'S NOT A MATTER OF AN WILLINGNESS -- >>IT IS A MATTER OF UNWILLINGNESS. >>IT'S A MATTER OF HOW I SHARE IT, AND WHO I SHARE IT TO. WHEN THERE ARE ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS I THINK IT'S INAPPROPRIATE. >>YOU DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT? >>I THINK THE

INVESTIGATIONS WILL DETERMINE THAT. >>THAT HEARING AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION, ONE WOULD THINK. AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, I GET THAT THAT MEANS SOMETHING -- IT IS A GROUP OF SENATORS WHO ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT -- OVERSIGHT IS SO DIFFICULT WITH THIS WHITE HOUSE. WE HAVE A WHITE HOUSE LAWYER SAYING AS A MATTER OF POLICY DON'T COOPERATE WITH ANY DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL OR CONGRESSIONAL ATTEMPTS AT OVERSIGHT, REQUISITIONS OF INFORMATION, THINGS LIKE

THAT. A LITTLE BIT OF HELP WOULD BE NICE FROM THE DNI AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE HEADS. >>I WONDER IF HE'S TRYING TO PLAY IT IN A WAY WHERE IF HE DOESN'T CONFIRM IT, HE WON'T DEAL WITH ANY TYPE OF RETALIATION FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, BUT IF HE DENIES IT HE'S LYING, SO HE COULD FACE RAMIFICATIONS FOR THAT SHOULD THE INVESTIGATION FIND THAT TRUMP WAS TRYING TO MEDDLE WITH THE INVESTIGATION AND WAS GUILTY

OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS A SMART STRATEGY, BUT EITHER WAY IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE HIDING SOMETHING, DUDE. AND THAT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD. >>I THINK IF THERE IS FEAR OF RETALIATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THAT ALSO SHOULD BE A PUBLIC CONCERN. THAT FOLKS CAN'T SPEAK OUT UNTIL THE TRUE FOR FEAR OF RETALIATION. AND I ALSO THINK HIM SAYING THAT HE DOESN'T WANT TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC

-- YOU KIND OF ANSWER TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IF THAT WAS THE CASE THEN THIS SHOULDN'T BE PUBLIC. IT'S KIND OF LIKE, WHY ARE YOU HERE? >>THEY ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BE. I'M SURE THEY DON'T WANT TO. AND THE THING ABOUT THAT, WHENEVER YOU SAY, DID X CONVERSATION HAPPEN -- I CAN'T SAY IF IT DID OR NOT -- THAT IS CONFIRMING IT. IMAGINE IF HE DIDN'T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH TRUMP,

AND HE SAYING I CAN'T CONFIRM OR DENY? TRUMP WOULD BE AT HOME LIKE, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN! DENY THAT IT HAPPENED! SO CLEARLY THIS IS AN ADMISSION THAT THOSE SORTS OF CONVERSATIONS HAPPEN, AND WHEN YOU COMBINE THAT WITH A MILLION OTHER RESPONSES WHERE THEY KEEP SAYING I DIDN'T FEEL PRESSURED -- OKAY, FORGET THE PRESSURE, DID IT HAPPEN? I CAN'T CONFIRM OR DENY. THAT IS A STRATEGY THAT COME UP WITH WHERE WE WILL JUST SAY

WE DIDN'T FEEL PRESSURED. IT MAY HAVE HAPPENED, IT MAY HAVE BEEN UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL, BUT I DIDN'T PERSONALLY FEEL PRESSURED. I LIKE PRESSURE SITUATIONS. THEY ARE ADMITTING WHAT HAPPENED THERE. I MENTIONED DURING OUR PRODUCTION MEETING, I FORGET HER NAME, BUT A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR SAID THAT THE WHITE HOUSE GIVE YOU ANY INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS, AND WAS THERE A DISCUSSION OF USING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE? AND DOWN THE LINE, THE FOUR MEN SAID THERE

WAS NO DISCUSSION OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, SIDESTEPPING THE QUESTION OF WERE YOU COACHED? AND CLEARLY THEY HAVE BEEN. >>IT'S DISTURBING BECAUSE IF TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT OR BE FEARFUL ABOUT, IF THEIR CONDUCT HAS BEEN LEGAL AND THEY HAVEN'T TRIED TO MEDDLE WITH THE INVESTIGATION, WHY THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY OR THE REFUSAL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS? IT'S STRANGE TO ME, AND KEEPS GETTING STRANGER. AT THE MOMENT WE

DON'T HAVE THIS HARD-CORE EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA -- THAT HE HAS THESE QUESTIONABLE TIES TO RUSSIA, RIGHT? BUT THE WAY THIS IS ALL KIND OF PLAYING OUT MAKE PEOPLE QUESTION HIM MORE AND MORE, AND IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR HIM. >>100%. I WANT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT MORE, IN THIS NEXT CLIP YOU HAVE ANGUS KING IN A SIMILAR LINE OF QUESTIONING. >>DID YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WROTE THE MEMO THAT WAS

USED AS THE PRIMARY JUSTIFICATION FOR FIRING DIRECTOR COMEY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE USING IT AS THE PRIMARY JUSTIFICATION? >>SENATOR, AS I KNOW YOU ARE AWARE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH ME IN THE PUBLIC RECORD, THE MEMORANDUM I WROTE CONCERNING DIRECTOR COMEY IS IN THE PUBLIC RECORD, THE ORDER APPOINTING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS IN THE PUBLIC RECORD, THE PRESS RELEASE I ISSUED A COMPANY THAT ORDER IS IN

THE PUBLIC RECORD, AND A WRITTEN VERSION OF THE STATEMENT I DELIVERED TO 100 -- >>WERE YOU AWARE THAT YOU WOULD BE THE PRIMARY JUSTIFICATION FOR HIS FIRING? >>I ANSWERED MANY QUESTIONS IN THE CLOSED BRIEFINGS OF THE 100 SENATORS -- >>BUT YOU AREN'T ANSWERING THIS QUESTION. >>AS I EXPLAINED IN THOSE BRIEFINGS I SUPPORT MR. MCCABE ON THIS, WE HAVE A SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATING -- RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INVESTIGATION -- >>AT THIS POINT YOU FILIBUSTER BETTER

THAN MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES SO I WILL MOVE ON. >>HE FILIBUSTERS VERY WELL, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT MORE IN HOUR TWO -- IT'S JUST CRAZY. >>LIKE I SAID YOU CAN READ BETWEEN THE LINES AND DISCOVER QUITE A BIT FROM THIS. AS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, ABOUT HOW THIS LOOKS, I KNOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO STILL DON'T BELIEVE THERE IS ANYTHING THERE, AND THEY WILL GO TO THE END OF DAYS

THINKING THERE IS NOTHING THERE. BUT JUST THINK, YOU HAVE TWO POSSIBLE WORLDS -- SOMETHING IS THERE TO BE DISCOVERED, SOMETHING HAPPENED, OR IT DIDN'T. THE BEHAVIOR WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE PAST FOUR MONTHS DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE IF THERE IS NOTHING THERE TO BE FOUND. TRUMP AND HIS CRONIES WOULD NOT BE GOING TO THESE INCREDIBLE, POSSIBLY ILLEGAL LENGTHS, TO SHUT DOWN THIS INVESTIGATION IF THEY COULD SIMPLY LET IT PROCEED AND

NOTHING WOULD COME OF IT. YOUR RESPONSE MIGHT BE OKAY, THEY ARE JUST WORRIED THAT EVEN IF THERE IS NOTHING THERE THE INVESTIGATION EXISTING WILL BE A DISTRACTION -- AND THAT WOULD BE A FINE COUNTERPOINT, EXCEPT THAT THEIR ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL THE MESSAGING AND NEGATIVE IS THE DISTRACTION, THAT'S WHAT IS DISTRACTING FROM HIS AGENDA IF IT EXISTS. AND THEY HAD TO HAVE CAUGHT ON TO THAT BY NOW, SO CLEARLY THERE BEHAVIOR

HAS SOME OTHER EXPLANATION, AND THE SIMPLEST ONE IS THEY ARE AFRAID OF SOMETHING BEING DISCOVERED. >>TO THOSE WHO THINK THIS IS JUST A DISTRACTION OR SOMETHING ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS HAVE LATCHED ONTO BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT POLICY, IF YOU WANT TO CRITICIZE DEMOCRATS FOR NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICY AND FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON RUSSIA THAT'S A FAIR CRITICISM. BUT I THINK IT'S ALSO INCREDIBLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND MISGUIDED TO JUST PRETEND LIKE RUSSIA

-- LIKE YOU KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT RUSSIA IS NOT AN ISSUE, LET'S NOT FOCUS ON IT AT ALL, EVEN THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN A SLOW AND STEADY DRIP OF SOME EVIDENCE, SOME INDICATION, THAT RUSSIA DID MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTIONS, THAT THERE IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE JUST BASED ON TRUMP'S TRANSPARENT BEHAVIOR. IT'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED AND IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT ESPECIALLY LIBERALS WHO ARE

IN FAVOR OF EVIDENCE, WHO WANT INVESTIGATIONS, WHO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THINGS ARE KIND OF HASHED OUT AND PUT TO REST BEFORE WE MOVE ON, IT'S INTERESTING THAT THEY WANT TO MOVE AWAY FROM THIS AND NOT FOCUS ON IT. YOU CAN DO, AS MAXINE WATERS SAID, YOU CAN WALK AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME. >>WE HAVE THESE 24-HOUR DAY NEWS NETWORKS, WE PRODUCE A LOT OF VIDEOS HERE, I

THINK WE CAN COVER BOTH. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND I GOT MORE ON THAT RIGHT NOW, THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IS THAT IT'S ILLEGAL, AND IT'S ILLEGAL WHETHER THEY COULD FIND ANYTHING IN THIS INVESTIGATION OR NOT. EVEN IF THERE WAS NOTHING, HE CANNOT OBSTRUCT THE FBI FROM CONDUCTING THESE INVESTIGATIONS. AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO SIMPLY LAY DOWN, PROVIDE NO

CHECK ON THE ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR OF THE PRESIDENT, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPLICATIONS IF IT IS FOUND OUT. THAT'S FRUSTRATING, I WISH WE COULD HAVE SOME SORT OF UNITED FRONT UNCHECKING THIS PRESIDENT'S EXCESSES OF POWER. BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, YOU SAW THAT COATS WAS TESTIFYING, HE CAME UP IN SOMETHING THAT WAS REVEALED YESTERDAY. THIS WAS BEING REPORTED I BELIEVE BY THE WASHINGTON POST

INITIALLY. APPARENTLY, AND THIS COMES FROM SOURCES INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION -- >>THERE HE IS TALKING TO THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND SEEING IF MAYBE SOMETHING COULD BE DONE TO SHUT DOWN AN FBI INVESTIGATION OF AN ASSOCIATE. AGAIN, YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THAT IS NOT ALLOWED, AND CLEARLY TRUMP KNEW IT WASN'T ALLOWED, THAT'S WHAT HE CLEARED THE ROOM BEFORE REQUESTING IT. >>BUT THE POTENTIAL OBJECTION OF JUSTICE IS NOT THE BIG STORY HERE, THE

BIG STORY IS THERE ARE UNNAMED SOURCES THAT ARE TALKING TO THE MEDIA, AND WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHO THEY ARE.

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Intelligence Officials Won't Discuss Trump Conversations"">>ONE DAY BEFORE JAMES COMEY'S TESTIMONY, THE HEADS OF TWO U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN GRILLED BY THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE LEARNED A BIT, BUT THERE IS ALSO A LOT THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN WILLING TO SAY. WE HAVE MANY INSTANCES OF THIS. YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THE FRUSTRATION IMMEDIATELY ON THE FACE OF SOME OF THE SENATORS, F...