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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chubbar's picture

I read an interesting article yesterday about Kellyanne Conway. She says that she was informed the night of the election (maybe it was the day before) that Trump would have 15 minutes after the AP called the election to make a concession speach and then Hillary would take the stage to congratulate herself. Also, Hillary was so arrogant that she never even had a concession speach written. All of which I found entirely believeable, whether true or not.

pine_marten's picture

Yes, and no matter how aggravating the juvenile antics of the left, all I need do to get my happy feeling back is to remember that the rancid corrupt cunt lost.

WTFUD's picture

Merkel later responded to President Trump in private, 'Ja Don, the spooks have me hooked up to the juice 24 hours. I can't take a shit without them knowing what i had for lunch yesterday'.

sister tika's picture

Since Cankles lost the election, the statist-left has been on the warpath. I liken their behavior to a rabid dog biting everything and everyone in sight....just because.

This type of political/social behavior is unprecedented in American history. What a cluster-fuck. Shameful, disgraceful and out of control.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Since Cankles lost the election

 

NOOOOOOOOO!!!

 

Someone needs to fix this sh!t right now!!!

 

I need an ambulance...can I borrow Hillary's? You know.....the bitchin black van.   

sister tika's picture

I concur, VFG. The swamp is almost 104 years old. The swamp is deep and wide. Maybe we can drain it one kiddie pool at a time. We'll see.

ATP_Commish's picture

nah ol slick willy got his blue pills and a mattress back there, converted it into the Shaggin Waggin.. Sorry!

 

Although you wouldnt notice the difference from outside cuz it was shaking like that when she was in the back too... of course to be fair she was taking meds also, namely tegretol

oh, and her happy pills so she didnt slap the shis outta anyone who dared ask her a question donna brazile didnt give her first

 

Lumberjack's picture

Therein lies the problem. The swamp got so deep they all contracted hydrophobia.

IridiumRebel's picture

He has proposed modest cuts and the fucking sky is falling to the faggot left. Anyone who assumes office is a "big gov statist". It's been 2 months.
Shit takes time.

beijing expat's picture

It's happening.

Project Dragnet was the name of the secret spy program Clapper and Brennon ran against all things Trump.

Hammer was the code name of the illegal spy network.

Interesting Rogers still has a job, but it is rumored that he was the one who tipped Trump off about the illegal spying. And he is military and th military backs Trump top to bottom. It fits the theory that the Trump campaign is actually a military coup against the IC who had taken control of the Republic and were heading to nuclear war with Russia and China.

Trump said interesting news about the spying would come out soon on his Fox News interview.

Alex Jones is reporting that he has been given documents that prove it.

Drudge links Alex at top in RED.

Pencilneck Adam Schiff is all pale and waxen.

Talk radio is all over this. The corporate media is still pretending that it's all about Russia.

Interesting that Obama made an unannounced trip to Polynesia, right after ERic Holder said Obama was ready for his comeback. You should note that there is no extradition treaty with French Polynesia. Obama went without the family.

Shits gonna get real. Epic times ahead.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Is this like a Robert Ludlum novel meets The Truman Show

Pure Theater. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Yeah........kinda.

 

When we have Rand Paul running Russia........oh yeah!

Jayda1850's picture

Wow. You and Alex Jones gotta be buying aluminum foil by the pallet.

Eahudimac's picture

I guess you haven't watch the video. Alex has the goods. Obama is fucked.

beijing expat's picture

Trolls only type what they're told. Too stupid to get a real job.

IridiumRebel's picture

Yes but that doesn't mean shit to folks whose whole being is about #resist!
Don't bother with the truth. They're fighting the god fight.

shovelhead's picture

DAMMIT! We don't need the truth...WE'RE THE TRUTH.

And you better believe it or we'll burn your city down.

Jayda1850's picture

Alex Jones is a complete hack and anyone taking him for fact need his head examined.

beijing expat's picture

He was right about the TVs and shit being able to spy on you.

Jones is a bit of a nut but he has a colossal audience. He is the perfect vector for this sort of thing. I think he is far less unhinged than those lunatics over in the corporate media. Those guys have lost control. They are ranting and raving. Jones seems tame by comparison.

Jayda1850's picture

So you're argument is that, though he is a bit of a nut he has a colossal audience so therefore he is credible??

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Jones was right about the election.......and no other news source was.

 

I'm like.....maybe I should start watching him.

WillyGroper's picture

"he is a bit of a nut"

that very label could be attached to most here.

why?  cuz they have the ability to think.

 

SixIsNinE's picture

AJ is actually one of the most balanced and intelligent people alive - it's because you are so INDOCTRINATED to seeing and listening to shills with teleprompters  -

 

and, though AJ still covers for his Freemason family in regards to the fake NASA programs, he did bring on Eddie Bravo recently to finally at least bring voice to exposing the hoaxsters @ fakespace NASA.  

 

since I work from home, and AJ has a 24/7 dialup listen line, most people have free long distance - so just call up, put it on speakerphone and listen.  

my opinion is that anyone who truly loves liberty should be a gigantic Alex Jones fan - because he is the, The Greatest, as Ali would say, cheerleader for Liberty.  

There is a reason he can have people from Cynthia McKinney,  Freeway Ricky Ross (the cocaine LA dealer the CIA fronted then busted) to William Binney & Donald Trump on his show.   

 

for those late to get in on the joke that is the spinning Water Ball - North Carolina   is hosting   www.FE2017.com   

why?  maybe because you've been lied to about everything about our home land and the very nature of our environment in order to herd us up like chattel and then poison our water (fluoride)  air/land (chemtrails - aluminum, strontium, barium, benzene, more) food  - GMOs glyphosate   - food packaging  - BPA  causing estrogen induced changes -  Transgender anyone?   

Let's pray for RFK Jr to get on the VAXX poisons.   

I just had a cousin vaxx damage their newborn boy - cause they don't listen to AJ - or me.   oops,  guess there's another lifetime VAXX damaged boy.   

I had three women friends in California have their children VAXX damaged before i moved from there.   Fun Stuff, right zeros ! ?

 

Eahudimac's picture

I supposed you are going to tell me I should take my facts from CNN or MSNBC? Like it or not, he has the NSA database. It was leaked to him by insiders. Over a million Americans are spied on at all times. Trump and his family and businesses have been spied on for 8 years. It's all there. 

Overtime, Trump and the patriots will pick apart the deep state until there is nothing left. This giant clusterfuck of a criminal organization known as the deep state wasn't built in a day and it won't be disassembled in a day. The new world order is dead. 

beijing expat's picture

Ya gotta figure, Trump is the worlds greatest Troll. How to troll his tormentors in the corporate media? Give the biggest story since 1945 to Alex Jones. How's that for a great big Fuck You?

Trump is uniquely gifted you see. Master strategist and master Troll. And he can do math to boot.

Jayda1850's picture

Hahahaha yeah a 3-D chess master. God you people are simple.

dogismycopilot's picture

i am simple.

i lift weights 5x a week for 1 hour while i freebase me some Alex Jones. Then I take a fistfull of his supplements and even drink that dick juice he sells (it works). I am fucking ripped and it's strange, but I find I have a lot more energy. AJ has been consistently right and you should check out his movie on Agenda 20. That's fucking freaky. 

Can't wait to see how the FBI laughs off having Donald Trump and HIS ENTIRE FAMILY under surveillance since FUCKING 2008! https://www.infowars.com/breaking-documents-show-obama-surveiled-entire-...

Obama just got owned. 

Jayda1850's picture

Yeah and I'll keep holding my breath umtil Trump prosecutes him. You people need medical help.

shovelhead's picture

Your troll-fu is weak, Grasshopper.

Come back when you can walk the rice paper.

Jayda1850's picture

Never knew there are people so divorced from reality that they will buy into any bit of information because it satifies such extreme confirmation bias.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Yeah well......you're clearly paid......and it shows.

Jayda1850's picture

Yeah... I've been a member on here for 6yrs because I was getting paid to troll back in 2011. You're a moron.

dogismycopilot's picture

right. like....

you can keep your doctor!

I did not have sexual relations with that girl!

We were talking about our grandkids!

We don't know Jeff Epstein!

Chelsea's husband never asked us for favors.

The Benghazi consulate was overrun because of a video.

(literally, I could keep up the HRC/Obama lies for days.)

 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Didn't even scratch the surface.....but it was a good try.

crossroaddemon's picture

So just because the previous administration told lies, we should go easy on the present one? Lay off the false dichotomy; not supporting Trump does not equal support for Obama or Clinton.

TheLastTrump's picture

BULL FUCKING SHIT.

 

Don't support President Trump?

 

Then you're on the side of the globalists and you're pure fucking useful idiot scum.

beijing expat's picture

You mean don't follow the herd? The circumstantial evidence is abundant and compelling AND there have been several official denials.

I'd put money on it.

DuneCreature's picture

Brave soul you are.

The duck juice scares me and Ms Creature says it's on the banned list here.

My big beef with Alex is that he can't keep his pie hole shut long enough for his guest to finish a sentence. .. BTW, Alex is on Ms Creature's banned list also. ... I only get to listen to AJ while The Ruler Of My Known Universe is away shopping. .. I live with a tyrant, I don't need a tyrannical government. That sounds like double, double poor Jeb ain't free at all.

Live Hard, I Wonder What The Penalty Would Be I Were To Be Busted In Possession Of A Small Sized Contraband Bottle Of Super Duck Vitality?, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

chubbar's picture

Sorry, but I think you may have married my ex.

crossroaddemon's picture

Tip: divorce is the most hallowed word in the English language.

TheLastTrump's picture

You seem to be the main user of ad hominem attacks without anything substantive to add. Perhaps YOU'RE the simple one?

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Obama went without the family.

 

Was that family even real?

Jayda1850's picture

If all these conspiracies are this deep and Obama is running a silent coup and has all this power, why would he even allow Trump to be elected in the first place?

beijing expat's picture

The arrogant weasel thought the fix was in. Hillary was going to win. The party would continue. Who would ever know.

Jayda1850's picture

So he is so treacherous and powerful and yet so stupid that he thought Hillary had it 100% locked up?? Do you even read what you type?

beijing expat's picture

The arrogance of these clowns is unbelievable. Haven't you been paying attention these last 15 years?

crossroaddemon's picture

Oh please. Those amchines are rigged. Not manipulated, fucking RIGGED. Trump is there because he was picked.

TheLastTrump's picture

You lie per usual. Trump won fair & square communist.