Comey To Testify In Russia "Election Hacking" Hearing On March 20

Tyler Durden's picture

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said he planned to hold a series of public hearings as part of its probe on Russian interference in the US election, beginning with a session on March 20. According to Reuters, among those invited to attend are listed below:

  • FBI Director James Comey
  • NSA Director Mike Rogers
  • Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan
  • Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates
  • Two executives from CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity company originally investigating the DNC hacks and which first "found" Russian involvement.

"At this time, we are not going to subpoena anyone for that March 20th hearing," Nunes said. "But if we have to, we will subpoena all information that is pertinent to this investigation if people either ... don't want to appear or if the appropriate agencies do not provide the information we ask for."

Devin Nunes speaks to the media about President Donald Trump's allegation

that his campaign was the target of wiretaps, March 7, 2017. REUTERS

Nunes also said that he had not seen any evidence to support Trump's accusation that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign. He told reporters that if Trump's assertion were true, the leaders of Congress and the chairman of its two intelligence committees, known collectively as the "Gang of Eight," should have been briefed.

Trump has pressed the House and Senate intelligence committees to expand already planned probes into allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to look into his charge. Nunes previously said his panel would examine the evidence. "We are supposed to be kept up to speed on any pertinent counterintelligence investigation," Nunes said of the Gang of Eight.

"If Trump or any other political campaign, or anybody associated with Trump, was under some type of investigation, that clearly should have risen to the Gang of Eight level." Unless someone made an "oversight" of course, and Congress was not briefed on what in retrospect would have been seen as a major political interference scandal, if it had leaked to the press.

For now, however, Nunes simply said that he had "not seen that evidence."

He did say, however, that "the bigger question that needs to be answered is whether or not Mr. Trump or any of his associates were in fact targeted by any of the intelligence agencies or law enforcement authorities." Here, too, he said that "at this point, we don't have any evidence of that."

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Tallest Skil's picture

We've just proven that the CIA pretended to be Russia by copying their methods in their own hacking attempts, so the hearing is already null and void. Congrats, you filthy fucking traitors; your last hurrah will be our first revenge.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

It will be just another opportunity for liars and shills to strut and preen in front of the TV cameras, spinning wild tales of Ru55i4n h4x0rZ with "strong evidence" that is sooper seekrit so we can't tell anyone about it.

Also, CrowdStrike is a propaganda mill, not a "security" company.

P.S.: chindit13 will claim it is all real.

chunga's picture

Trump is gonna have to give these guys a push with one of his tweets.

Where is the Weiner Laptop!

I expect to see Schiff take the lead and run flak, MSM will provide cover with a mega-dose of fake news, and the republican wimps will hump each other's legs as usual.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) chunga Mar 7, 2017 6:59 PM

So WTFF? r they gonna hold a kangaroo court & pretend to impeach Putin?


What a bunch of douchenozzles

chunga's picture

The republitards ALWAYS get pushed around.

Never One Roach's picture

So Meryl Streep and George Klooney won't be on the list?

Their input would be invaluable.

chunga's picture

Trump wants them to look into the wiretapping charge. Comey asked the DOJ to refute Trumps claim that Obama ordered the spying and they have not.

Comey reopened the investigation of Hill'rey after the Weiner laptop was discovered.

That would be the line of inquiry I'd be following.

Muh Raf's picture

I've seen some folks claiming that the FISA warrant was eventually obtained on the basis of trying to determine potential Trump team links to Russian banks. I don't understand US politics at all. How can political contacts with the Ruskies be verboten yet for lobbying firms the same relationships are game and meter on? "Those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad". If Trump is going to hang on to his sanity he needs to start building significant cases against as many of these clowns as possible, as fast as possible, and then throw some charges at them.

nmewn's picture

We don't hear much about the Podesta brothers lobbying group and who pays a portion of their salary, do we?

Egad! The Russians! ;-)

BullyBearish's picture

All we need is a 911 Wikileaks to finally shred ANY remaining trust people might still harbor in this pathetic thing we call a government...

nmewn's picture

Don't need social workers if there ain't no poor, don't need the military if there ain't no war.

But somehow...politicians, the press & bankers always seem to stay busy don't they? ;-)

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) nmewn Mar 7, 2017 9:11 PM

"Russia Hacked The Election" is CODE for "Trump Stole The Election."

stizazz's picture

Of course, Trump stole the election.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) stizazz Mar 7, 2017 9:13 PM

Pennsylvania always voted Democrats. Strangely, this time around they voted Republican. Mm!

Oldwood's picture

And the fact that news medias have published leaks of Trump's and Flynn's phone calls is not proof of surveillance?

chunga's picture

Right. And like Muh Raf says I think he needs to start seeing to it that some people start getting charged with crimes otherwise he's in danger of being absorbed by the swamp.

It's not a popular opinion but I think Comey saw what was on the Weiner laptop and that's why he reopened the investigation without checking with DOJ. Then Barkey and Lynch threw a roadblock on that after $lick Willie pulled her over on the tarmac. Then he shut it down again and had a very good reason imo to be pissed off.

That ties in with Comey asking DOJ to disclaim that Obama was the ramrod for the surveillance, and as of yet they have not, and he probably knows they can't. And the timing of two days after Trump does his tweet about this, Wikileaks drops the info that CIA's Umbrage software is on the loose, that can leave fake fingerprints, almost like Trump knew it was in the pipeline.

I know, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts...

chubbar's picture

Gingrich reported that the phone call that was made by Flynn and recorded had originated at Trump tower. I think it's going to be pretty fucking hard to convince anyone that wasn't the result of a wiretap.

nmewn's picture

Here we go, short, fat, former AG for Obama says da peeps need to take it to the skreets!...

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made an impassioned video plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets – a video that was later posted on the Facebook page of Senate Democrats as “words of inspiration.”

The video is less than a minute long and begins by stating that people are experiencing “great fear and uncertainty,” with the unstated implication it is due to Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House.

Without offering any specifics, Lynch goes on to say that “our rights” are “being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back.”

But the strongest words come in a statement that seems to suggest the answer is street action that will inevitably turn bloody and deadly.

“I know that this is a time of great fear and uncertainty for so many people,” Lynch says. “I know it’s a time of concern for people, who see our rights being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back. I know that this is difficult, but I remind you that this has never been easy. We have always had to work to move this country forward to achieve the great ideals of our Founding Fathers.” 

...cuz nuthin says, good judgement & fair, objective, impartiality with the highest ethical & moral standards in governance like, a former AG exhorting civil unrest & violence!

Note to faux-prog Low-Renta: You are not supposed to say "Founding Fathers", it has to be gender neutral like, ancient fore-bearers or sumpin ;-)

Ms No's picture

They need a destraction.  They probably had this Patriot Act style pre-planned after the ass-raping they got last time Wikileaks was blasting them during the election.  Her ass in line bigtime.

chunga's picture

It sure is. If Schiff and his gang run over the top of the majority republicans, and confine the inquiry into Russia and Russia only, I'm gonna tear every hair out of my head.

This is why I think Trump needs to give them a push.

Motasaurus's picture

The only question that needs asking: "In light of the evidence that the CIA not only can, but as a matter of procedure does fake the fingerprints of the country of origin, how can you be sure the hacks originated in Russia and not in Langley, Virginia"

nmewn's picture

Now that I've had my fun with I think we all know why they bugged him..."legally" or illegally...I want to share something and wish for everyone to keep an open mind while reading this as it could very well be one of us, it has to do with >>>confirmation bias<<< and the perils it brings with it in the hands of paranoid, gung-ho psychos...forget about who he is and what he believes in and even the source, just keep reading till you get down to where I'm talking about...

"Rather, they applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, asserting they had probable cause to believe Mayfield was acting on behalf of a foreign terrorist group. This allowed the FBI to circumvent the Fourth Amendment because evidence of criminal activity incidentally discovered in the course of its intelligence activities could be shared with prosecutors and criminal investigators. The secret FISA court approved the request, as it almost always does, and the FBI began its surreptitious and incredibly intrusive blanket surveillance of Mayfield and his family.

FBI agents broke into Mayfield’s home and law office. They rifled through documents protected by attorney-client privilege, wiretapped his phones, analyzed his financial records and web browsing history, and went through his garbage. They followed him wherever he went. Despite all this, the FBI never found a smoking gun connecting him to Madrid. They did, however, find Internet searches of flights to Spain and learned that he once took flying lessons. To FBI agents already convinced of his guilt, this was all evidence of Mayfield’s terrorist heart. The Web searches, however, were mundane. His daughter had to plan a fictional vacation for a school project. Flight lessons were indicative of nothing more than Mayfield’s interest in flying.

While it may seem like there were a freakish number of coincidences here, when the FBI was confronted with evidence that demonstrated Mayfield’s innocence, they twisted it to support their original theory of his guilt. With no evidence that Mayfield had traveled internationally for years — his passport had expired, and the last record of foreign travel was during his military service in 1994 — the FBI simply concocted the theory that he must have traveled overseas as part of this terrorist conspiracy under a false identity." it all my friends...he was innocent.

chunga's picture

I'll put up my junk shield and say Al Jazeera News is among the least fake out there.


Al Jazeera is blackballed by the search engines. The did a story about Peyton Manning's wife having HGH mailed to their home. If you search "Peyton Manning HGH" you'll get a million results but none of them, to this day, link to Al Jazeera's original story.

nmewn's picture

At least there is some suspicion of bias in should be that way with most of what we read in my opinion. It was a compelling story (I thought) of the unrestrained police-state in action.

As Obama liked to say for his own reasons..."Thats not who we are."...lmao!!!

And thanks for throwing in with me on it chunga, it may ruffle some feathers for both of us but...he was innocent ;-)

chunga's picture

Yikes I forgot about Al Gore...talking bad about Manning or the Vols is taboo for moast of Tennessee.

It's probably the same exact thing going on here..use some broad, righteous sounding excuse to go on a fishing expedition then just find whatever they want. Bingo, you;re guilty.

The dems pounded their fists to investigate, of all things, election tampering, but only when it involves Russia. It's all tee'd up for the republies to turn the tables and give proof it's THEM that tampered the whole way through. Demand to see the laptop that belongs to Schumer's faithful apprentice, disgarced congressman and serial pedo pervert Anthony Weiner.

onewayticket2's picture

The distraction may well be the markets.....


beware the Ides of March.

shivura's picture

i'm glad you think that there is no russian influence behind wikileaks...0% chance right?

it can't possibly be that Putin annexed crimea so oil for the exxon deal doesn't go through a nato country and now is super pissed about the sanctions since its preventing the deal. so he goes full on in influencing the us elections (think dnc hack, weinergate last minute) to install someone who is in bed with shady russians (literally and figuratively) and install a fucking oil magnate as secretary of state.

yeah, that doesn't make any sense at all.

chunga's picture

For that hypothesis to work there are other things that need to be factored in. There has been no denial that Russia has it's own oil companies for one. Two, there is a long relationship between Russia/Crimea/Ukraine, something that can't be said about heavy US military presence practically everywhere.

Three, Victoria Nudelman. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


yeah, that doesn't make any sense at all.

The only sane portion of your comment.

Squid Viscous's picture

when is Pedodesta going up the river???

Akzed's picture

I'm hoping this committee hearing goes rogue like a runaway jury and just starts hoovering up everything in sight.

Koba the Dread's picture

You call them douchenozzles! What do you have against douchnozzles?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Well, there you go. That makes him about as credible as Eliot Higgins of BellingCrap fame.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

And the Atlantic Council gets funding from the Ukrainian World Congress.  So Crowdstrike was paid by the DNC and gets money from Ukraine.  In a normal world they would have to recuse themself because of so many conflicts of interest.

bruno_the's picture

Well, Ukraine gets its funding from IMF and sends part of it right back. Revolving door I tell ya. 

813kml's picture

This shit is finally at the apex of dumb and evil, a cleansing and reckoning awaits the filthy creatures that slither inside the Beltway.

bruno_the's picture

Ron Paul explains it nicely. Rats running around trying to pickup the reminding power from a disintegrating system. 

813kml's picture

Lord of the Flies with a side of blackmail and nukes.

It's a sad fact that most people's personalities don't develop beyond grade school.  The only behavior modification that works after that is fists or iron, either bars or high velocity.

MarsInScorpio's picture

If after reading the Vault 7 WikiLeaks release this guy chairing the meeting doesn't get it, then he is too dumb to walk through a door.

As for the "Russia" connection by the so-called cybersecurity company, the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release just made their findings laughable. The truth is that the CIA has made it impossible to say with any confidence who is doing what to whom in cyberspace.

Finally, you have to have the IQ of a rock to not "get it" concerning Trump's hacking. Of course he was hacked - we all are hacked. The congressman is a complete idiot to say he has no evidence- Vault 7 says it all: The CIA and NSA and G-d knows who else are totally out-of-control criminal agencies which have no fear of anyone - they have made the statement clearly that you can't touch them.

Time to send Clapper to prison, along with most of the IC criminals he directed. And don't forget the Clintons, Obamas, DNC, and the Maliciously Skewed Media.

Note to Democrats: You are soooooo screwed. Enjoy the hoist on your own petard. E S & D.


Akzed's picture

Of course he was hacked - we all are hacked.


Oh cmon man, Mika Brzhrgntski said no Americans are being surveilled! None!

Lumberjack's picture

Judges are also being hacked or on the dole. 'Got blackmail'? Justice is a foregone conclusion.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

If those idiots really think Russia hacked the election, they should be frantically working to fix the voting system.

Going electronic was such a stupid move to begin with.

Just go back to the good old papaer ballots like the most sane countries do.

Koba the Dread's picture

Actually, going electronic was a brilliant move--for those who want to rig elections.

lester1's picture

The problem for President Trump is if he can show us proof Obama ordered the wiretaps, Obama will have to be arrested..


That would cause rioting in every single major city of the United States. Think of the lives lost and billions of dollars in damages that would occur. I don't think Trump wants to open pandora's box. It would literally destroy the country.

Akzed's picture

So 0b00ba's too big to jail?!

Doom Porn Star's picture

"The problem for President Trump is if he can show us proof Obama ordered the wiretaps, Obama will have to be arrested.. "


IF the resolution to the last time a sitting POTUS was unequivocally found to be a criminal and outed publicly - NIXON- is to be considered: nothing will happen save a pardon.

The fact is: Ford should have stood back and let Nixon go to prison.  A terrible precendent was set in his pardon.


A new precedent -that no person or institution or group of persons is above the law or has sepecial status under the law!- must be set and sustained.

Prosecutions and full punitive punishment must be served or the law and the nation shall be again be weakened.

The People either control the government or it is simpoly not legitimate: not it's laws, not it's debts, not it's treaties...

We have a REPUBLIC or we have NOTHING.

Rubicon727's picture

Cancel the meeting; save taxpayer's money. Go VAULT 7 info. Trump was absolutely correct!

shivura's picture

i'm glad you think that there is no russian influence behind wikileaks...0% chance right?

it can't possibly be that Putin annexed crimea so oil for the exxon deal doesn't go through a nato country and now is super pissed about the sanctions since its preventing the deal. so he goes full on in influencing the us elections (think dnc hack, weinergate last minute) to install someone who is in bed with shady russians (literally and figuratively) and install a fucking oil magnate as secretary of state.

yeah, that doesn't make any sense at all.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Why are you copypastes this nonsense?