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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TheLastTrump's picture

How many meetings did Obama take in the Oval Office with that shitstain VOTER FRAUD KING CREAMER?

 

They all thought they had it in the bag. lol

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

why would he even allow Trump to be elected in the first place?

 

Well he's like one guy........he can't do.......EVERYTHING!!!

 

There are limits to Alinsky tactics.

SixIsNinE's picture

...."why would he even allow Trump to be elected in the first place?"

he didn't = at least not on purpose - he was on another golf bender and forgot his responsibilities on rigging the voting machines.

word was he woke up with 4 or 5 putters and a 3 iron and boxes of open and unopend golf balls strewn about his room and he had driven his favorite golf cart (a brown number, nicknamed Ol Sharts) into the house ....  

 


kwc's picture

Michelle was a rent-a-dick 

TheLastTrump's picture

Then why can you see her DNA in the faces of her little girls?

 

There's plenty of REAL SHIT you can spew but you have to choose an OBVIOUS FAKE NEWS PLOY THAT MAKES CONSERVATIVES LOOK LIKE MORONS?

 

Why?

scrappy's picture

I heard the French Polynesia trip was about a coke bust.

http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2017/03/obama-goes-into-hiding-as-huge...

I know the drug bust part is real.

Secret Weapon's picture

Happiest post I have read all day. thanks.

Sudden Debt's picture

And why isn't Obama even mentionned even once in the Russian conspiracies?

Het had all those secret meetings and dealings with them.

Did he just burn all the documents and leave the white house like a thief in the night?

Arnold's picture

To Palm Springs, to the Virgin Islands, to Hawaii, on his way to Tahiti.

Sure is spending his retirement on our dime generously.

dogismycopilot's picture

his Secret Service detail probably worships him for taking them to such nice places. 

NoPension's picture

The Russians!

The Russian Intel services are SO good, they leave an undeniable trail of breadcrumbs and evidence of their operations when they hack.

Based on Wikileaks, our intels follows certain rules; never leave timestamps( shows your location), cover IP addresses, don't use language specific keyboards, etc.

But those dumbass Russians....they ignore all of these rules...and it only takes ten seconds to figure out the "Russians did it".

Always leave calling cards when doing international espionage.

Oh, the mainstream media is over their aversion of calling the President, whoever it is, an outright "LIAR"!

Trump bashing starts at 6:00 am, everyday.
Who are these assholes preaching to?

TeaClipper's picture

Be careful with those lies Comey, the Wikileaks dumps are not over yet.

NoPension's picture

Oh, now the meme is " Trump doesn't like the job"!

Skewer these assholes Mr. President.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Just think how nice it would be to have a free and objective press, not the B/S we have.

Humanity is being put through a moral and ethical meat grinder and only a very few are seemingly coming through intact ... and none of the elitists.

NoPension's picture

It's pretty obvious, they are completely shut out. I'd bet anything, their usual sources have slowly dried up....and they have no choice but to just spew hatred. Three hours, every morning, of the talking heads bashing Trump.

And over the last couple of weeks...it's ratcheted up. "Liar" ,"Bullshitter"...
there is no line they won't cross...

It's fun to watch the butt hurt...but also enough to make you want to shoot the tube.

Oh, now it's " Fox News is evil" again.

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

It will be enjoyable watching Comey twist the knife.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Trump understands the fbi director..what makes him tick..

why do you think he is still there..??

he will be very useful soon.

we can all feel the tsunami building & the air is electric..

something big this way comes..I see fear in the faces of the most powerful dems..

Trump is pushing them into a corner and like the rats they are they are taking the bait.

TeaClipper's picture

Not just dems, look at the fear in that rabid dog McCains eyes. There is a man hiding something bad, mark my words.

highwaytoserfdom's picture

 

Great budget savings tool round  up the gang serve them and Lock them up... 

 

those 685k emails loaded up the warrants are issued....   #pizzagate    long Handcuffs  the whole series is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTlu3-JoruM

 

Stan522's picture

The two FISA court submissions by the obama doesn't get pushed through the FBI. They would conduct their own investigation and Comey may not know about any of that. However, I believe Comey is still a political hack.....

Yen Cross's picture

 Bald faced Lies, and suspense , are two entirely different scenarios. Bitchez

  #pizzagate  #jailcomey

Arrest Hillary's picture

I'm walkin' here .... I'm walkin' here !

Arrest Hillary's picture

Investigate Hillary's envolvement .... in her own defeat .... it was by far .... the biggest factor .... rather large duh ?

Dr. Tungsten's picture

Trolls in the other realm feed on human flesh. Here though we call them the undead. Trolls constantly require interaction with clean good souls to get a bit of energy, the idea of doing something utterly wrong toward decent beings make them feel better, alive. You know who you are. Google knows who we all are. Payback is a bitch. 

Sick Underbelly's picture

First, the CIA spied on the senate panel investigating the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation."  Why would they NOT use the tech on the citizens?  Oh...because that was the CIA, and NOT the FBI?   

Second, more details on the CIA spying on the Senate.

Third, Alex Jones has sources giving him copies of the federal (NSA) database, current to 2010, showing Trump being spied on then.  Look up "Project Dragnet".  Here's a link to the Jones article, which also has a link to the above articles.  

All indications point to Trump being spied on During "Baby" Bush's presidency, through to Obama.

Trump wasn't the only one.  Several of his staff were also in the "Project Dragnet" database.  His family members were spied on, also.

The surveillance isn't just phones, it's also financial...bank and credit card transactions, and tax filings!   Reuters has a very good article from 2013 on the extent of the program and spying.

 

Fuck them.  FBI, CIA, NSA...they're all in the same boat.  They've all spied at one time, and, most likely, they continue it.  The fact they spied on CONGRESS, alone, calls into question their whole story/"cover"/ability to deny they spy on citizens.

They will continue to lie to the public so they can continue to carry out their illegal activities.    You are playing the ostrich if you continue to think our federal spy agencies are/would not spy on private citizens.

aloha_snakbar's picture

From cross dressers to nine foot tall weasels... this is the best and brightest our country has to offer? What a pathetic joke...

esum's picture

Deep state
COMEY
CLAPPER
BRENNAN
Adm Rogers
Should be tried for TREASON

south40_dreams's picture

The faces of treachery and deceit will no doubt be gunning for Trump. There's a mighty pay day waiting, treason pays well.

Mexican Princess's picture

Keep your eyes on AUD/JPY as well as this represents risk on vs risk off.

Looks like currency markets are suggesting global markets head lower soon.

 

https://forexkong.com/2017/03/16/audjpy-focus-on-risk-appetite/

rejected's picture

Yea,,, spend minutes / hours of your life watching a gaggle of freaking liars lie to each other about nonsense.

This crap's not even interesting....

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

It's like a Robert Ludlum Novel meets The Truman Show.

retardation

LyLo's picture

Yeah, but later I'll be able to come back to you guys with tidbits like, for instance:

Comey just lied to Congress.  He said the FBI is a domestic organization only, and does no intelligence work overseas.  Which we all know is a lie, as the FBI got busted giving the State Department favorable treatment in exchange for an increase in overseas personnell clearances.  I'm going to go out on a limb and presume those jobs aren't checking IDs at the consulate.  And, you know,  being exclusively domestic would kind of make it hard for Comey to even have an opinion about the motives of a foreign leader, which he is now under oath as having knowledge of...

VWAndy's picture

 Another fine ass oathcreeper moment bought to you by Bankster INC. Everyone involved works for team fiat. These two tools,the clowns asking questions, and the msm pimping it.

 Enjoy the show.

prymythirdeye's picture

I already shut it off.  This Nunes clown is simply parroting the same old tired establishment talking points.  Not that I expected any different but god damn, right off the bat.

Smedley's picture

The opening statement says it all, the Surveillance State wants trouble with Russia.

Good luck with that ...

:D

VWAndy's picture

 Note to self. Should DC catch fire!? Let it burn.

English herbsman's picture

Even if it were true, the US interferes in every election on earth since forever. The most recent one being Chrimea, Ukraine and UK Brexit.

Smedley's picture

What a joke, enjoy the Circus...

Idaho potato head's picture

Now we got Sewer, er Sewell whats the diff oy

LyLo's picture

I find that whenever she speaks is a very good time to refresh the page.

holgerdanske's picture

The idiots are already talking about the hacking as if that is an established fact.

I don't give two hucking foots for this hearing, unelss somebody produces som facts!

 

TheLastTrump's picture

They're allowing a DNC hired company to determine that Russia hacked the DNC. :)

 

This is the last bastion of their confidence. Bring in an independent auditor & watch them fold like negro launderesses.

prymythirdeye's picture

First guy up? An upstanding member of the tribe.  Wonder if he's gonna stir the pot?

LA_Goldbug's picture

Schiff is lying like a pro. US does not interfere in the internal affairs of Russia and others.

farflungstar's picture

LMAO America doesn't interfere in the internal affairs of Russia and others

I won't cum in your mouth

The check is in the mail

LMAO

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Geez, three minutes notice for the live feed?

 

Total bullshit so far.