Watch Live: FBI's Comey And NSA's Rogers Testify To Congress On Russia, Trump

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FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Adm. Michael Rogers hold their much anticipated testimony over Russian interference in the US elections, breaking their public silence for the first time before the House Intelligence Committee.

As The Hill adds, spectators and media lined up down the hall in preparation for the hotly-anticipated open hearing, where lawmakers are expected to press Comey to respond to President Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama "wiretapped" him during the campaign. It remains unclear how much the two officials will be able to discuss in a public setting, and many expect the hearing to quickly produce fireworks from a committee fiercely divided over what to investigate first.

Frustrated Democrats will push officials for evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow — while Republicans will seek to get to the source of a series of media leaks of sensitive information believed to have come from the intelligence community.

Watch the hearing live below.

 

Earlier: a preview of today's main event

Today at 10am, the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence and give keenly await testimony about their investigations into possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing. They will also be grilled on Trump's explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and further divided the country's two ever-at-odds political parties. The stakes for Trump could hardly be higher according to AFP. Representatives Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, have called Comey and Rogers to testify as part of their committee's probe into allegations that Russia meddled in U.S. elections.  Other congressional committees also are investigating the matter, mostly behind closed doors. But amid a furor over whether Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential race on Trump's behalf, lawmakers said they would make public as much of their probes as possible.

Trump and his entourage's possible ties with the Russia of President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since before he was elected on November 8.

US intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russia broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Even since then, the question of whether Trump and company were or are somehow in cahoots with Russia has dominated the national conversation. A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, its chairman said Sunday.

Based on "everything I have up to this morning -- no evidence of collusion," by Trump's team and Moscow, Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russia connections as a "total witch hunt."

Monday's hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump's accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign. Trump on March 4 tweeted that Obama had "tapped" his phone -- a charge that has consumed political debate in the US capital.

Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia's alleged interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees. The FBI is also probing Russian interference in the election. The question remains whether the agency has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.

Monday's hearing promises to be a very public showdown between the FBI and lawmakers, with the national security world certain to watch whether Comey drops a political bombshell. Members of Congress have expressed frustration over what they call the lack of cooperation from the FBI about Russia and Trump's wiretap claim, which Obama and an array of other officials have flatly denied. The issue of wiretapping first surfaced last month, when Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington to discuss sanctions Obama had just announced against Russia over the election hacking.

 

Around the same time, The New York Times reported that US intelligence had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump's campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.  Nunes has said that the intelligence committee probe focuses in part on who revealed that Flynn had unreported private contacts with the Russians over the sanctions issue.

Adding to the intrigue, Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries after it was learned that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador in the months before Trump took office, and had failed to disclose this during his confirmation hearing when asked a question about such contacts and speaking under oath.

Domestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump's effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama's healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban. Critics say it has also debased the already coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president's credibility at home and abroad.

Some of the fallout has been international in scope: The White House was forced to retract a charge repeated last week by its spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Britain's intelligence services aided the Obama administration in the alleged wiretap. That claim has strained relations with America's closest ally. Still, as recently as Friday, Trump repeated the claim in an aside during a White House press conference with Angela Merkel. "As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps," Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the US had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.

For those not near a TV, the hearing will be live webcast by C-Span.

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moorewasthebestbond's picture

First bitchez... and good morning!

 

Seeing how the flood or daily "Russa did it" stories quietly and utterly disappeared from news aggregators like news.google.com and news.yahoo.com late last week, I think it's safe to say where this is going.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

BUT........what was the intent?

 

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Trump’s Russian ties are completely obvious to anyone who watches the news and is actually informed. We don’t even need an investigation – it’s basically already proven. The only people who deny the Russia connection now are hardcore Trump fanatics who don’t want to accept that he stole the election and is a Russian agent. Informed Americans need to rise up and take this country back from the Russians before everything disintegrates.

 

10 Reasons Why We Should Nuke Russia

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

If we nuke Russia......won't they nuke us back?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Oh please, do you really think that foreign policy experts and top senators and congressmen haven't thought of that?? You really thnk you're smarter than them? Russia wouldn't dare retaliate, and if they did, we could handle it. There is NO RISK involvd. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Oh please, do you really think that foreign policy experts and top senators and congressmen haven't thought of that??

 

Yes.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Donny panicking via tweet early ... never a good sign

nmewn's picture

So I wonder if John Podesta's lobbying on behalf of Russian banks is going to come up. And the fact it was his account that got "hacked". 

Or...just who all these "highly placed government officials who wish to remain anonymous" while committing felonies in releasing Michael Flynn's name...FROM A WIRETAP...are  ;-)

chunga's picture

FAKE NEWS HEADLINE: "Comey expected to push back on wiretap claim".

This is the moast preposterous, insulting, outrageous, fraud to come out of the Swamp in a long time.

The first rule of Swamp Club is you DO NOT talk about Anthony Weiner's laptop.

While the entire swamp bashes Trump over the "wiretap accusations" and spins their wheels over Russian election tampering, several facts are being IGNORED.

There is PLENTY of evidence that the DEMOCRATS tampered with the election, including their own primaries.

Recall, the moar votes Burnie got, the moar Hill'rey's lead increased, culminating into an embarassing fiasco where DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz either quit or got fired. Assurances were made to the 'Murikan people that Wasserman would NEVER favor any candidate over the other. Then, several days later, Wasserman goes to work DIRECTLY for the HIll'rey campaign.

Recall, 'Murika's top gumshoe, James Comey investigates Honest HIll'rey for ~ ONE FULL YEAR. He comes out and lists the crimes HIll'rey committed, then exonerates her fat ass, citing "intent".

Recall, weeks before the election, disgraced pedo pervert Congressman Weiner's laptop shows up. Comey goes directly to conGress and re-opens the fake investigation into Honest Hill'rey and this is relevant since Weiner is married to Abedin, Hill'rey's top leuitenent.

A little over one week later, Comey comes out again and exonerates Hill'rey.  

DJT- "You can't review 650,000 emails in 8 days"

What happened?  

If Trump doesn't push back on this thing, change the name from "deplorables" to "disposables". And loudmouths like Chaffetz, Gowdy, Nunes, fuck you frauds. And Jeff Sessions, you have scales and gills, you wrinkled phoney.

cue in cue's picture
cue in cue (not verified) chunga Mar 20, 2017 8:40 AM

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Chupacabra-322's picture

Another episode of:

Lawless Theater.

chunga's picture

One question for Comey:

Who did you collude with to shut down investigation #2 of Honest Hill'rey Clinton?

That is all.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Adam Schiff (D) is a lying, traitorous disinfo queen.  That is all.

chunga's picture

If any of these deities are real, Schiff will be struck by a mighty bolt of lightning.

He is pure evil.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Things ain't lookin' too good for the Kremlin ... er Donny

MagicHandPuppet's picture

This is just theatre.  Nothing will come of it except possibly the further boosting of the hopes and dreams of delusional, rabid democrats.

EDIT:  We are sure to get some follow up tweets from Trump that will cause further pain and suffering to said delusional, rabid democrats, LOL

El Vaquero's picture

Translation:  We have all of this super secret evidence, but we can't show it to you, so we'll give you reports with broad and baseless assertions.  Trust us.  What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

WMDs in Iraq anyone?

The Merovingian's picture

You forgot to say...

Now move along people, there is nothing to see here (until we want to railroad someone, ruin a career, or just plain lie to the public).

Pinto Currency's picture

.
Documents Show Obama Surveilled Entire Trump Family For 8 Years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTT5FVyGMUU

Pinto Currency's picture

dailywesterner = irritating

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Pinto Currency Mar 20, 2017 1:15 PM

Triggered much snowflake?

Buy a dildo if you have an itch.

 

 

 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Your tax slave dollars at "work", folks.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Comey : "I was given a cut on the Clinton / Russia uranium deal and shut my mouth."  What a clown show.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... Trump wiretapping ALL TRUE!


>>> BREAKING! Documents Show Obama Surveiled Entire Trump Family For 8 Years Project Dragnet gave countless government employees private data on Trump >>> https://www.infowars.com/breaking-documents-show-obama-surveiled-entire-trump-family-for-8-years/ 

or here >>> NSA documents: Trump under surveillance for years 'Project Dragnet' said to monitor Donald at 18 locations >>>

 http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/nsa-documents-trump-under-surveillance-for-years/?cat_orig=politics 

or here >>> Trump FAMILY Wiretapped Since 2004! NSA Project Dragnet BUSTED by Corsi & Zullo (Illegal Spying)

 https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=38f_1490004988 

 

... meanwhile, just sharing something the lamestream media wouldn't show ... >>> Israeli forced sterilization on Ethiopian jews >>> https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=12c_1490004502 



Dick Gazinia's picture

Well hell.  If you saw it on infowars then it must be true. /s

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... >>> Well hell.  If you saw it on infowars then it must be true. /s

... yes, it must be true ( Drudge and WND carried the news as well ) ... but, hell, can't find it at your all-time favorite news-worthy CNN, so you MIGHT have a point    /s ...

 

btw, when you're done watching Dawn Lemon, Wolfie Blitzer and Fareediot Zakaria, you might want to read this >>> Confession of FBI Insider Backs Trump: We Tamper With Wiretaps, Evidence, & Can Eavesdrop on Your Phones Without Any Warrant or Trace >>> http://truepundit.com/confession-of-fbi-insider-backs-trump-we-tamper-with-wiretaps-evidence-can-eavesdrop-on-your-phones-with-no-warrant/ 

 

 

 

Pinto Currency's picture

Let's see if FOX picks up this story.
Dr. Jerome Corsi is the source of this and has a wide network of contacts.

Central link on Drudge last night and the MSM is completely ignoring.

Idaho potato head's picture

OMG Mr.Rodgers neighborhood is being debased, my memory has been defiled.

WillyGroper's picture

sleeping sheep kabuki.

no 1st year law student would ask the number of leading questions here.

russians russians russions...pedogate must be getting hot as rottenfelters eternal resting place.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Chupacabra-322 Mar 20, 2017 3:30 PM

the NSA guy looks guilty as hell, slinking down lower and lower in the chair.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) cue in cue Mar 20, 2017 11:02 AM

Hey Rabbi, did the Russians hack 2008 too when Hillary Rodent lost to Marxist Obama?

What about Bernie?

Standford University study showed Rodent stole something like 13 states from the Bern.

Everytime Dems lost its cuz....cheating.

Alex Jones says he has docs that prove Obama spied on Trump for 8 yrs, plus Alex Jones.

Lyman54's picture

Hi Chris,

What do you see in the star charts about this latest fiasco regarding Comey?

Thanks.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Lyman54 Mar 20, 2017 3:34 PM

Comey is a mystery to me. I don't see traitor in his chart like I did with Hillary and Huma.

So maybe we don't know what is really going on here.

tip e. canoe's picture

check out Thomas Wictor on twitter.  he has an interesting perspective that may fill in some blanks.   nothing Comey Chameleon said today contradicts Wictor's predictions from this past weekend.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

You know, if I was making over $7K a month part time, I'd STFU about it. How about you do the same?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) cue in cue Mar 20, 2017 10:52 AM

What a joke.

"Would you need a warrant to conduct surveillance on a US person in the USA?"

You are listening to us through our freaking TVees

El Oregonian's picture

Cue to Clueless, Stop. Drop. and Roll  Roll the heck outta here parasite.

idahobandito's picture

Excellent post. Trump probably got the CIA video of JFK by now and will drop the wiretap issue.

ZorbasStep's picture

Obummer showed Dallas video to Trump back in 2016 before Trump was even inaugurated.   Weak Trump knows he is finished:  https://www.google.com/search?q=Obummer++Trump+white+house+2016&tbm=isch...

chubbar's picture

Agreed. If Trump and Sessions don't come out swinging with all the data and evidence that they have then this whole charade is over as far as I'm concerned. They need to get off their asses and start putting some facts on the table for the public to see. Anything that happens behind closed doors doesn't count because the public needs to know and understand how fucking bad this is.

Md4's picture

Absolutely agree.

There should be a prime-time address to the country on all of this this week.

As I've said regarding the lack of hard evidence in the Russian-election meddling allegations, the same applies to Trump.

If you have the ACTUAL evidence, lay it out there. Directly. Publicly. Incontrovertibly.

Stop fucking around.

Stop the fucking tweets!

The man's been in office less than two months--and we already have congressional hearings!

If he doesn't start collecting scalps, he's fucked.

And so are we.

The Wizard's picture

The term "wiretap" continues to be used. There are many more forms of survelliance than "wiretaps". This is how Trumpster gets into trouble with his tweets. He uses terms and ideas making him look to be foolish.

Thank you Trey Gowdy for addressing this term.

chunga's picture

Anybody that interprets wiretap as Obama shimmy up a pole like Hogan's Heroes is insincere or, a dope.

MFL5591's picture

Comey is not good for America, he is a political pupett!

MFL5591's picture

Comey is not good for America, he is a political pupett!

Jubal Early's picture

Trump is the swamp:

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/trumps-labor-secretary-nominee-alexander-...

"President Trump’s Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta will likely face some tough questioning at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing over an unusual plea deal he oversaw for a billionaire sex offender while U.S. attorney in Miami.

That billionaire sex offender is none other than the infamous Jeffrey Epstein."

https://fitzinfo.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/trump-controlled-by-mossad/

"Roberts, now in her 30s, says she first encountered Epstein and Prince Andrew (Duke of York) through Maxwell. She met Maxwell at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago country club and residence in Florida, where, at only 15 years of age, she worked as a changing room assistant in the club’s spa (her father also worked there as a maintenance manager).

I was wearing my sexy white Mar-A-Lago uniform—a white miniskirt and skin-tight white polo top—and studying an anatomy book when I was approached by this striking woman in her mid-40s with a very proper British accent—Ghislaine,” Roberts told the Daily Mail."

She was 15 at the time she was working for Trump

goober's picture

So how is it possible that Comey can say FBI still has open investigation of Trump possible Russia collusion, but he refuses to say if they are still investigating the Flynn records being released which we all know is an actual crime ? Comey should have been fired day one and I have no idea why DT has kept him around ? Now Trump has fallen into a trap and if he fires Comey the left will be able to say he fired the guy that was investigating him ? Today only served to keep all the Russia BS alive and DT got snookered by keeping Comey on board. DTs late tweet today about Comey may be a sign he finally realizes his folly and needs to get rid of him. Hopefully he has some good reason to do so. The lies and distortions are well past sick kabuke theatre. Fucking lying criminals run this MOFO we call USA !