( CNN) The nation’s top intelligence managers were supposed to spend Wednesday talking about foreign surveillance, but were instead grilled for more than two hours by senators angryat stonewalling over questions about President Donald Trump’s influence in the Russia probe.
Republicans and Democrats on the members of the commission examined and cross-examined the group — picking over their answers repeatedly. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and behaving FBI Director Andrew McCabe spent much of the hearing clarifying the different reasons they wouldn’t answer questions.
By the end of the hearing, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, delivered a clear message to the Trump administration — they can’t avoid answering to Congress forever.
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