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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LoveTruth's picture

If Russia medled, it is a blessing for US especially the whites.

 

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Like something out of a Kakfaesque insane ayslum -

where the  inmates are blabbering & slavering over the minutiae of something that never happened.... as if the fate of the world depended on their psychotic delusions

Robert Trip's picture

"Nobody said fuckall"

 

Grandpa Trip

VWAndy's picture

 Now ya catching on! Its all just a show. Next election cycle they could run a cartoon simulation. We already got the cartoon charactors and the software.

Victory_Garden's picture

How farking stupid does one feel for falling into the jesuitzio-trap of playing this asshat orwellian game of tit-for-tat and nah nah nah bunch of BS involving Russia? It is all stupid arse satanic/luciferic babbletalk at best. Mind-time wasting distractionary horseshat!

Has anyone asked, are we at war with Russia? And, since when is Russia actually an enemy of America? Russia is only an enemy of the satanic/luciferic babblecock swallowing fools that keep this deceptionary horseshat waste of time ongoing. They, the ziosatanist/luciferian rothschild bankster puppets are the world's enemies that keep trying to instigate disharmony between this country that was our ally in WW II. Is this insanity ever going to stop? The insanity of up is down, 2+2=9.6, and black is white??

The relations with the Russian People over the last few decades had been good. It is still this way between the majority of people of both countries. America, and Russia. They have done nothing, well, prolly nothing outlandish like hiring a bunch of nazi's in the Ukraine to cause that trouble there, and trying to instigate a world war using fake gas attacks in Syria and even moar so, allowing the mosad to do 9/11.

Only America has done all this. The false impressions that are being harped in the lying dying fakestream media are all baseless and falsely created lies to back the lies that back even moar lies.

The down to earth truth is, the People are absolutely sick-n-farking tired of all this bullshat from the liars on the TV drug every darn night. Stop this satanic/luciferic bankster babylonian evil of divide and conquer methodology, NOW!

If ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE of Russia and America come together under a Christian based flag in one tent, there will be peace, China will be checked and there can be a world-wide war on evil, and New Quest to hunt for the red evil things who call satan/lucifer/money, god.

It is time to be the truth.

Waste no moar vital life force energy on the liars and deceivers that have lost the boogieman al-CIA-duh, and now want to make Russia the new boogieman for endless useless woars for bankster profits and population eleimination agendas. End the ziocommiesatanistluciferic agenda of divide and conquer using lies and evilish deceptions in fake stream media NOW! Burn all useless news rags, and kill your lying newz spewing TV, NOW!!!

David Rockofeller is in Hell now and he has found out what all right-up initiates Know. No matter how much you got, or who you think you are, there is NO escape from God's Universal Justice. God Knows who's naughty...and who is nice. That soul he was in human form, is now in hell to suffer in ways beyond man's imagination for a thousand human years wishing it had a glass of water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlN9jdQFSc

 

Ahead full.

begintowin's picture

Blasphemer!  Only Santa Klaus knows who's naughty and nice, even God knows that!

(Other than that, everything else you wrote I agree with, pretty much)

tttan's picture

FBI and NSa do not want to know the truth abouth Obama wiretap because it is toxic. if there is no wiretap, how did Flynn phone leak come out from no where with transcript..  How did trump phone calls with Aussie PM and Mexico PM come out with specificity. why no one ask FBI or NSA these questions. What about Manafort phone tap and others. NO wiretap NO leak.. correct?

bankbob's picture

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy to Comey:

"Did you brief Obama on Flynn?"

Comey: "Not going to answer that."

LA_Goldbug's picture

You can be sure it will not be mentioned on CNN or FOX.

VWAndy's picture

 Id guess like half the critters in that room was on SSRIs. The other half is anyones guess.

Dragon HAwk's picture

LOGIC QUIZ.....
Obama, was "head" of the country, All Americans are Spied Upon, Obama " Spied" on Trump. ( True or False ) c.h.l.

VWAndy's picture

 They have a file on everyone? Y/N

 If Y go to Q #2   If N please use birth control!

 Q #2  Who looked in his file?

Cutter's picture

Watched the entire hearing.  Pathetic performance by the Republicans.  Nunes should be ashamed for calling a hearing he was in total control of, and yet his team was so unprepared that they made the fantasy land insinuations of the Democrats look like documented facts.  Schiff and his team were prepared, coordinated, and scripted.  Nunes and his team seemed to have no script, hadn't coordinated their questions, and were all over the map.  

Right out of the gate Schiff lays out as fact collusion between the President and the Russians, citing newspaper accounts of anonymous sources with obvious political agendas, whose claim to believability is that they will illegally release supposedly classified information, and the unsubstantiated, third hand, far out, insinuations of a former British intel officer employed by the Democratic Party to muckrack Trump.

Do the Republicans pick the Dems story apart piece by piece, no.  They launch an assault on leakers, which makes the anonymous sources look legitimate and like the Republicans have something to hide, even when they don't.  Democrats are good political street fighters, and masters at political theater, turning a fantasy into reality before our eyes.  The truth be damned. 

This whole thing is just Democrat muckracking in the worst traditions of this country.  And Republicans don't appear up to the job of defending the President.

 

 

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Cutter Mar 20, 2017 5:31 PM

Republicans need to be be replaced.

Footprint's picture

Thanks for shining light on that facet of the hearing.

Dems had a quarterback and a game plan, Repugs had Zilch.

 

Taking into account Trump ain't that popular amongt Repugs that also could be by design.

Cutter's picture

Think you are on to something here.  Perhaps the most important comment of the entire hearing came from Washington Democratic Representative Denny Heck's statement, closing the Democrat portion of the hearing at 4:50:38.  Quote, "LET'S BE CLEAR, THOUGH, THIS IS NOT ABOUT PARTY. IT'S NOT ABOUT RELITIGATING THE ELECTION. IT'S NOT AS IF ANYTHING WE DO HERE WILL PUT A PRESIDENT FROM A DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTY IN THE OVAL OFFICE."

Strange to state a "different political party" rather than to state a different President.  And these comments were written down and scripted.  

Given the performance of the Republicans, which made it look as if they wanted the Democrats to win the day, I'm starting to get a bad feeling that establishment Republicans are in bed with the Dems and plan to impeach Trump and install Vice President Pence.  After all Pence is a trusted member of the Republican establishment.  Keep in mind it was Pence who played the critical role in getting rid of Michael Flynn, so he is a hero to the Neocons.  And he has an aggessive foreign policy view, especially towards Russia, music to both parties' ears.  While the Democrats would obviously prefer a Democrat Presidential replacement, they probably recognize this as a bridge too far, so they likely deem Pence acceptable.  And the destruction of Trump would mollify the Democrat base.  It would be a win/win for the deep state and establishment of both parties.  

Sure hope I'm dead wrong, because unless they pull a rabbit out of a hat on this Russian issue and prove Trump was directly working for Moscow, impeaching him will be unacceptable to the vast majority of Trump's base, and will appear as an illegal coup.  Which would be a catastrophe for the country.   

 


Footprint's picture

"Which would be a catastrophe for the country."

 

Do you wager the Clintons care about that?

Cutter's picture

Unfortunately, not a wit.  But I do.

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 5:31 PM

Traitors.

ClowardPiven2016's picture

"will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks"

I've been "riveted" if by riveted you mean wondering who the fuck is so stupid that they believe this bullshit in the first place. And then realizing how hopeless things are due to the large number of people who buy into the BS

LA_Goldbug's picture

"And then realizing how hopeless things are due to the large number of people who buy into the BS"

It is how it is. Someone speaking from a podium has more credibility then someone who is not. UNLESS you are TAUGHT that it is not so.

Kelley's picture

It's shocking how the heads of the various government agencies won't admit the felonies that were committed by their agencies. /sarcasm

PS. MI6 not admitting they spied - weren't you expecting them to say, "Oh yeah, we sure did spy on Trump!" pffft