[UPDATE - 6/8/17] Live Steam of former FBI director James Comey testimony 6-8-17 before Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Russia added at the end of the article.
Original article below:
I spent the better part of the day listening to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, DNI Director Dan Coats, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee, discussing the Russia Investigation and the FISA court with consistent references to recent MSM articles, which quoted multiple "anonymous" sources, being used by Democrats (and John McCain!) in questioning the four men, specifically in regards to a recent Washington Post "story" claiming Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe.
Coats was forced to answer that question, posed in one form or another, over and over again, his answer clearly contradicting the Washington Post claims, leaving us to wonder if Wapo is being deliberately fed false information to make them look bad or if they are simply making things up in their attempt to damage the Trump presidency.
Coats' direct testimony: "In my time of service … I have never been pressured, I have never felt pressure, to intervene or interfere in any way, with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation."
Rogers' answers were similar, stating "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 that I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate. And to the best of my recollection … I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so."
No matter how many different ways Democrats (and McCain!) tried to rephrase their questions, the men stood by their testimony, while stating they did not feel it proper to discuss specific details of any confidential conversations they personally held with the White House or President Trump.
At one point all four were asked something along the lines of whether they had any other members of the intelligence communicate with them and tell them they had been approached by the White House or the administration to ask how to influence an investigation..... all four men said no.
One of the more interesting statements from Coats,when questioned by John McCain, shown in the last video at the bottom of this article, but I can't find a short clip of yet, was where Coats asserted that not everything in the Washington Post can be taken at "face value," because they are not always accurate. The Washington Examiner referenced that statement.
Coats said that he's learned not to always take the Washington Post "at face value" and that its reporting is not always accurate. He also expressed his concern that classified information was given to the Post.
Would have been popcorn worthy had he looked into the camera and simply referenced WAPO as "fake news."
Both men were very clear that they have never felt pressured by President Trump, the White House or anyone within, in regards to the Russia investigation, yet immediately the MSM "Fake News" spin started with the following headlines captured by Zero Hedge, blaring across the Internet:
While the fact that the anti-Trump, liberal MSM would so egregiously bury the lead, isn't surprising, what is very disturbing is that U.S. Senators would spend so much time, time paid for by taxpayers, to reference and use newspaper articles quoting anonymous sources, which legally is know as "hearsay," which isn't even allowed as evidence in a court of law, as a basis for their questions to these gentlemen.
I will remind readers what former federal prosecutor and current Congressman Trey Gowdy, in a discussion with former FBI Director James Comey during previous congressional testimony where Gowdy asked Comey to explain what "hearsay" is, why having a person to cross examine in court is paramount, while highlighting"anonymous" sources cannot be cross-examined, which is why a newspaper article cannot be introduced as evidence in a court of law.
His point that Congress makes a regular practice of relying on newspaper articles, is confirmed conclusively by the spectacle today where senator after senator was busy wasting everyone's time quoting the fake Washington Post story.
BONUS: JAMES COMEY'S PREPARED TESTIMONY FOR JUNE 8, 2017
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released the prepared statement submitted by former FBI Director James Comey for tomorrow's scheduled appearance, which is embedded below.
The testimony confirms that he did tell President Trump that he was not personally under investigation, yet despite the President saying "we need to get that fact out," in response to being told he wasn't under investigation, no one ever really did.
Comey claims President Trump did ask for loyalty, where "honest loyalty" ended up being the end of that discussion. Another interesting claim from Comey is that President Trump did talk about Flynn, claiming he said "“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go," then Comey follows that up in his prepared comments by saying "I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign."
That is where Comey is going to most likely get the majority of flack from in tomorrow's hearing. First he claims he never brought his "concerns" up to anyone because Jeff Sessions was expected to recuse himself from Russia related investigation, but never explains why he never brought it up to Rod Rosenstein after he was confirmed and put in charge of Russia related investigation.
They will also most likely point out Comey's prior testimony in early May where he says he had "not been pressured to close an investigation for political purposes," saying it had never happened in "his experience."
The only thing that has happened between his May testimony and this statement and his testimony tomorrow, is that he was fired from his position as the FBI director, which casts doubt on why he claims he was "concerned," now, but before being fired saying there was no "pressure," and he never mentioned any concerns when he was asked by Congress in May.
While the Senate hearing today was specifically supposed to deal with FISA authority, for those that wish to watch the spectacle of it being hijacked by the "Russia" narrative, it is long, but watching the questions posed, and the "tone" of the Senators attempting to get the witnesses to change their answers, is enlightening as to what "Congress" has become.
[UPDATE - 6/8/17] Live Steam of former FBI director James Comey testimony 6-8-17 before Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Russia: