Ben CardinBen CardinObama officials worked to leave investigators a trail on Russian Federation: report GOP chairmen reject Senate Dems" request on Trump's tax returns Dem leaders try "prebuttal' on Trump MORE (D-Md.), with documents, apparently to make any future investigations easier.
Several senators suggested Coats would be "too nice" to handle the job in the Trump White House.
Striking a significantly more hawkish tone toward Russian Federation than Trump has, Coats said Russian Federation has carried out similar operations elsewhere, including in Europe, and seems to have "stepped up their game". However, Flynn told Kislyak that the Trump administration would likely adopt a more accommodating approach to sanctions. Many in the Obama administration suspected that the Trump administration knew and helped enable Russian email hacking during the election, but that investigation is still ongoing.
"The president of the United States, naturally, works on American affairs, and our President [Vladimir] Putin works on Russian affairs", he said.
Earlier Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration and staff had been instructed by White House attorneys to maintain records that could be relevant to such an investigation.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel said in the same statement, "We must follow the facts wherever they may lead, leaving no stone unturned, and that must also include both the Russian hacking and dumping of documents as well as any potential collusion between Russia and USA citizens".
But bipartisan calls to learn the extent to which Russian Federation meddled in the White House race and if any members of President Trump's campaign team were in direct contact with Kremlin officials loom large over Coats' confirmation. King of ME, an independent, said the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam and the Iraq invasion were the biggest foreign policy blunders of his lifetime, with the common thread that intelligence was cooked to support policy making. Over the weekend, Warner said he had "grave concerns" about Burr cooperating with the White House, stressing that he "will not accept any process that is undermined by political interference".
At the time, a White House official and a spokesman for the office of the director of national intelligence told the Wall Street Journal that these allegations were false.
In the meantime, he said, he has "been assured that I have the authority to be a member of that committee and be at that committee in every one of its meetings".
But it followed reports during the transition that Trump would diminish the role of the office of the director of national intelligence, whose incumbent at the time, James Clapper, was the public face of the Trump-Russia assessment.
And I think that's the question that they were really getting at - this idea that a lot of political advisers, like Steve Bannon, have the president's ear on matters of national security. "We don't have a choice". Lawmakers must reauthorize by the end of the year for it to continue.
In one instance, the State Department sent a cache of documents marked "secret" to Sen. "I want somebody who's crusty and tough and mean".
Mr. Coats, 73, who served on the intelligence panel himself for years prior to his retirement last year, appeared to win bipartisan backing with his answers Thursday, although it was not immediately clear when the committee or the full Senate may vote on his nomination.