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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fleur de lis's picture

This hearing so far is about as believable as the Warren Commission.

Or the 911 hearings.

The DC perverts are more danger to us than the Russians, Iranians, Norks, or any other nation.

Putin should respond by informing Americans about how DC worked so diligently to interfere with Russia by funding the Bolsheviks who murdered anyone they could get their grubby hands on.

Or how Trotsky was in New York City awaiting funds from American taxpayers to further the carnage.

Or how and why Stalin and FDR got along so well.

Maybe publicize the 911 info, the Malaysian planes, or the Podesta rot.

It is very interesting how the Ruskies are taking it all in and saying nothing.

Perhaps they are planning accordingly when they see an entire capitol city cannibalizing itself and the nation they are sworn to uphold and protect.

 

 

 

Jubal Early's picture

Trump the NY pervert is not going to prosecute the Washington perverts.  Or the yid ones either.

44_shooter's picture

Just because you have wet dreams about this, doesn't make it a reality...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

OMG, you are incredibly naive LOL! 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I would prefer the word sensationally.

VD's picture

if this isn't comedy, then this is posted from an insane asylum or mother's basement.

CuttingEdge's picture

Got to be female or a eunuch, given the soprano screech of the posts.

A deluded Hillary rug-muncher in all probability.

 

bilbert's picture

No, it's not common knowledge yet, that MDB is actually John McCain.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... >>> MDB is actually John McCain

... well, that explains it ... McStain Douche Bag ...  ( aka the Treasonous Hanoi Songbird and the Vietcong's Singing Sensation ;)

 

AntiLeMaire's picture

Yeah that explains it.

After seeing McCain coming unhinged I was afraid it was spreading when I saw MDB rambling this morning, but indeed if MDB = McCain, then yeah that explains it :)

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Yes, I am smarter than them. Russia drops an EMP over the US and it's the end.

detached.amusement's picture

I love how people think nothing has been done to mitigate an EMP in designs, ever

Doña K's picture

Is that you Rose? Self Portrait?

Dougs Decks's picture

Now That's the MDB that I always knew and loved,,, I'm gonna give you an upper just because you are finally getting your schtick back,,, I thought you were losing it, were replaced by a bot or something,,, Classic, MDB, Classic,,, Good to see you back,,,

stocker84's picture

Fuck you, idiot. The only person who likes MDB's schtick is MDB. THEREFORE, YOU'RE MDB, ASSHOLE.

Tarshatha's picture

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

 

Regardless, their control files will dictate their words and actions.

Rodders75's picture

MDB, you really are fucking deranged. I found this comment by you after an article suggesting that it's a good idea women should wear Niqabs (https://www.accredited-times.com/2017/03/10/womyn-wear-niqab/). 

The only womyn who don’t want the hijab are those who suck up to the patriarchy by taking care of their appearance by dressing well, going to the gym and wearing makeup. These womyn are traitors to their own kind. Womyn shouldn’t try to attract men – they can use sperm banks instead and send their kids to daycare to be raised by other womyn while they pursue high flying careers! Womyn are happier this way. THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED MEN!

I mean what planet are you people on? (1) Do you really think women are happier and better treated in muslim countries? (2) What a miserable, pessimistic, depressing view of life to say that women trying to look good is "sucking up to the patriarchy". 

Plus: spelling women "womyn" in order to avoid making references to men was something that UK satirical magazine PRivate Eye used to laugh at in the 1960s, except that extremist feminists used to refer to them as "wofems". Perhaps you could use that term just to be completely politically correct. 

nmewn's picture

Never try to make sense of or discuss issues with, the mentally deranged.

Cuz ya know  ;-)

valjoux7750's picture

There you go again million dollar douchebag!  So the Russians are just gonna let it rain nukes and not retaliate in kind?   Ok good luck with that delusional assessment.   What grade are you in? 

You and your mom can up votes yourselves now..

AKB0048Fan's picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9dCAXLZVQ0&feature=youtu.be&t=436

Russia and China are obviously using Fullerene nanofuel as rocket fuel now. Russia recently upgraded all of its submarine launched nukes and more than a third of its land based nukes. Clearly, Russia has already achieved nuclear first strike capability over the USA and NATO.

While this USAF video notes that Russian and Chinese air to air missiles now have 12x greater range than USAF AAMRAMs, Fullerene can also provide 12 times the rocket speed, or 6x speed combined with 6x range.

The recent positioning of Iskander-M missile batteries into Syria and Kalingrad is telling. If those missiles have been modified to use Fullerene, then all the NATO nukes in Europe have been nullified. Their past 500 km range would now be 3000 to 6000 km, probably 3000 km at 6x the travel speed. Their submarines similarly nullify the USA's nukes.

This soap opera should be ending soon...

victoriamproletari's picture

Buahahahhaha omg i have seen your shill posts on here forever but have never been moved by any enough to reply. 

However...

The statement that a nuclear attack on another nuclear power carries "no risk" may be the single stupidest thing you have ever said.

You sir, should consider running for Congress.

Zorba's idea's picture

the flip side  to your meme is "penny-ante idiot" 

keep the bastards honest's picture

They have the re-direct device all  over Mother Russia... it returns missiles and nucs  back to sender. Very clever  people.

Truly defensive  weapon, no karma. Unlike the sender who gets the return-to-sender plus the karma.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

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

Yeah, I was also concerned with that little detail

Mustafa Kemal's picture

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

Yeah, I was also concerned with that little detail

Yog Soggoth's picture

If you were really Vince Fosters Ghost then you would be haunting that guy who used to work with you. He gets a regular (large) paycheck. He lives with his girlfriend and is a huge alcoholic. I know where he lives, right in between Hot Springs and Protected. That is how I know you are not Vince Fosters Ghost.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

"...obvious to anyone who watches the news and is actually informed"

 

Presented without comment!

LawOfBass's picture

Like ALL the narative that's been gushing for the last few months.  Can someone PLEASE show some proof so I can make a decision?  Ya know...cuz I don't believe 99% of what democrats tell me....

Dr. Tungsten's picture

What's your source of your news if you constantly squat on ZH, where we only find info of Trump being the actual hero. Trump saved this world by capturing this post. He was elected by American people who needed help, the majority. 

You owe me your skin for wanting to nuke innocent people. You must have experience of committing serious crimes, or you are heading in this direction. So you owe me. 

One more very important thing, Russian people love America and her people. Even if USA had no nukes at all you must not fear the Russia. It takes effort and time to comprehend certain things. I spent time living among Russians, many other, English men of all sorts.

You lack intellect and is full of hate, just to curse someone, anyone at all. I do not need any intellect but simple logic, you are part of the opposition, the McCain like type, the blood sucker. 

And if you curse Trump, then you definitely are a traitor to humanity as whole or simply delusional. Let me know if you are handicapped or harmless and i shall apologize. 

Look at number of downvotes below your comment for further clue. 

Dr. Tungsten. 

Dr. Tungsten's picture

Britons work on super quantum computer and soon we will have a solution to disabling all nukes (machinery) at once. We then are going to have the chance to face a regular ww3 with firearms and machetes. 

I even know already how the nukes can and will be disabled, all at once. Funny thing then is, to watch the likes of you in the real world where there's no place for lazy crooks of your type. You know what you have done. Be ready for payback. 

Mahatma Coat's picture

The new Million Dollar Bonus is not like the old one. There's no subtlety left at all.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I was going to say the same thing. I used to enjoy some of its stuff. He must of pawned off its schtick

to his 10 year old nephew in the basement

lincis's picture

go have some more koolaid you brainless sheep :D

iamrefreshed's picture

WTF is wrong with you? Don't you have a job or something. Do you really think your sarcasm laced posts are funny? You are an abortion that should have happened. And I say that as someone who truly thinks everyone has a redeeming quality. You however, are what your mother should have let run down her leg when her father fucked her.

Tactical Joke's picture

You're not the real MDB. The real MDB is a brilliant satirist, you're just... well, boring.

Lumberjack's picture

Al Gore did it...

Trump speaks the truth. We were ALL wiretapped.

Idaho potato head's picture

The 'intent is to lie and obfuscate truth on all levels possible to confuse and dupe any any all people that it is still possible to dupe. See MDB for a example.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

All foreign policy experts agree that we need to #NukeRussiaNow! The only people who disagree are armchair political advisors and conspiracy theorists!

10 Reasons Why We Should Nuke Russia

AlaricBalth's picture

Are you channeling Michael Snyder with your "10 Reasons" list?

Shadow1275's picture

Why don't we Nuke you instead Bonehead?

JRobby's picture

You might have proclaimed: "First, Troll Bitchez"

But it really doesn't matter now, does it?

More and more people are waking up to the fact that this is Kabuki and at this point they have to go through with the show to save face.

"Russians" is a dead issue.

If Comey is fired this evening, that would be news.

wildbad's picture

moore was a twat! connery was the only bond..til Craig

caconhma's picture

US Congress members are strong. They need no piss intermission.

Does FBI investigate all these US citizens with additional double or triple foreign citizens who openly swear their loyalty to foreign countries?

Trump MUST start to clean all this so called intelligence circus!

eatthebanksters's picture

moorewasthebestbond...let's not forget about Democratic leaders strategizing this weekend to lower expectations amongst their base.  The problem with an idiot like Comey is that he has a politcal agenda.  I never wanted to believe that before, but its true.  Every little nuance of what he says will be used as ammo by the Libtards led by that lying sack of shit Schiff and followed on by the like of Feinstein and many others.  

The Dems stand for nothing except maintaining the status quo.  The are doing everything they can to discredit, detract, undermine, obstruct and take down Trump.  Personally I am so tired of this shit.  I think the conservative base needs to stand up at some point and shut these fuckers down, hard.