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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yttirum's picture

Comey aint look'n too good. Kinda looks like he's got a bricked up turd in his bowels.

sandhillexit's picture

I think Comey and Tim Kaine teach at the same law school in Virginia.    MY theory in October was that Comey was trying to get Hilz over the line and then force her to resign.  They believed 528 and thought they had it until mid-Oct, so start pulling the plug on Hilz. BHO was completely on board.   Then it began looking iffy, and they even dispatched BHO to Philly for concert as the final weekend polling deteriorated.  VA knows where its bread is buttered.  

Comey needs to resign.  He really cannot be the country's hope of "rule of law."  He's an epic fail.  

AntiLeMaire's picture

Incidental collection, no intelligence value. AND should be masked.

Yet the tap of the conversation between Flynn and the ambassador was transcribed, stored & dissiminated and his name was unmasked.

LA_Goldbug's picture

I don't believe they purge anything and this masking is questionably believable. How they interpret anything is just a word game. Lets just recall the aluminum tubes that were the smoking gun that Saddam was working on WMD.

Nobodys Home's picture

I had to shut down the feed from this shit show.
I'll wait until I read about it.
Watching it makes me want to punch my laptop screen.
Reading it will just make me have Tourettes like verbal outbursts.

TheLastTrump's picture

Tourettes like verbal outbursts.

 

ask me how I know you saw me watching mainstream media during & after the election

Grandad Grumps's picture

Inside job?

http://www.tmz.com/2017/03/20/mystery-thief-secret-service-laptop/

What kind of idiot would leave that kind of backpack in their car unless it was an intentional drop? One would think that a Secret Security person would have some basic knowledge of "security". This guy, apparently not, unless it was an intentional drop.

Therefore: Intentional drop.

MsCreant's picture

When I was a teen growing up, I had a friend who's mom was having an affair with a cop. He'd come over during the day and park out front of her house. We knew to go somewhere else to hang out, though the guy was nice enough. Often he was on duty. He got caught because my freind's friends were smoking dope. He tried to cover it up, other parents complained about the drug use at that house, yada.

That is what I thought of when I read about this.

MsCreant's picture

Won't that make a big mess?

StocksWayUp's picture

This is just one big mess. All politicians are crooked. It is not matter of guilt or innocence at all. It is a matter of degree and of not getting caught. This is just media hype to get people to watch the stupid news channels. What a bunch of lemmings. 

AntiLeMaire's picture

"A US citizen who's name I will not use"

 

Classic

Smedley's picture

They will leave out the last step, that the hack originated in Langley!

:D

847328_3527's picture

Shitty Schiff is propagandizing his entire allotted time. Wrap his up in some two weeks old Escobar fish paper and ship him back to SF or LA.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Yes, Schiff has been given the role to put on a "make believe" show.

AntiLeMaire's picture

"Can't speak about FISA in open court."

Again seems to indicate that a FISA warrant was asked for and perhaps even awarded ...

roadhazard's picture

Lyin', fake news Trump.

Smedley's picture

The rulers of the West! Central Bankers and the 17 intelligence agencies.......hip, hip, hoorah!

prymythirdeye's picture

Mike Rogers looks like the walking dead.  Such a company man

Tenshin Headache's picture

He's dealing with North Korea and other gravely serious matters. Goes with the job. This hearing is just a distraction for him.

Why isn't the CIA there with them?

TheLastTrump's picture

The man is burning himself out in service to his country, fuck you.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Why would Russia try to influence the election for the Republicians when they had already bought Hillary and Bill with the uranium mines scam? Any why isn't Obama there testifying under oath? Why aren't Rogers and Comey under oath? What a farce. Gowdy should just walk out.

SheepDog-One's picture

The clownshow slouches onward.....oh look....there's a chimp with a hat riding a unicycle....yay.

AntiLeMaire's picture

I do not know whether that was accurate or not (Comey on Stone communicating with Guccifer)

Snippy21's picture

Ms. Schiff (rodent) isn't getting the answers he wants. His facial expressions are great.

Smedley's picture

The 'investigation' will NEVER really end as the investigation itself is worth more than anything they got!!

Doh....

Nothing like a dangling investigation that goes on and on and on.....

Tenshin Headache's picture

Schiff is really trying, but isn't coming up with anything that would be grounds for impeachment of Trump.

bayou_plumber's picture

there are a lot of comments here going off the edge. the folks in the hinterland do not trust Comey, NSA, and any senator or rep so why do we even watch this trivel. These folks are just trying to get on tv and keep the conversation going off the subject...we just replaced a lieing corrupt president and how in the world do these folks think we believe anything they say...we don't. End of the story.

bayou_plumber's picture

there are a lot of comments here going off the edge. the folks in the hinterland do not trust Comey, NSA, and any senator or rep so why do we even watch this trivel. These folks are just trying to get on tv and keep the conversation going off the subject...we just replaced a lieing corrupt president and how in the world do these folks think we believe anything they say...we don't. End of the story.

Robert Trip's picture

What is that Black woman doing on the panel?

I know everyone else there is an asshole besides Gowdy, but man, she's bringing everybody down.

ArtificalDuality's picture

She has a presumtive approach. She's wearing bright red. A signature sign. She needs to be asked a question to differentially intervalidate her stance: "Do you view CNN as a propaganda outlet?".

AntiLeMaire's picture

If obsessive, why then leaking as a sieve?

AntiLeMaire's picture

NSA, FBI, CIA, 'main justice (DOJ ex FBI), White House

 

But why can't they simply say WHO asked the unmasking!??

LA_Goldbug's picture

They keep playing this word game "Russians did ....". If I was a hacker who attacked a Russian server Russians would have the right to say "Americans hacked ....".

So who are these Russians ? Russian government employees ?

Who can "unmask" is a critical issue here listening to Gowdy.

Gowdy cornered Comey !!!

Robert Trip's picture

Where did that guy from the NSA come from?

Out of the Blue Lagoon?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Gowdy is throwing out the names of those who 'may' have done the unmasking of Flynn...

Rice   Lynch   Rhodes   Obama

ironmace's picture

Gowdy keeps shooting around the bullseye. He gets close,  but something holds him back.

ATP_Commish's picture

its the fact that the secret nature of their jobs will preclude them from making a positive answer anyway. i think if anything you could tell he used to ppl giving him non answers and thats  why he used that line of questioning. i need to go buy popcorn for when gowdy comes back up. if i hear adam shift ask leading bs softball questions anymore ill throw up in my hat. 

orangegeek's picture

process of elimination - slow process

LibertyVibe's picture

We know Rogers was fired for Whistleblowing to Trump right after the election. It will be interesting to see which side he takes today.

arby63's picture

Americans are so disillusioned with their government that only the worst possible outcomes are now the most likely.

crossroaddemon's picture

You weren't disillusioned twenty years ago? Positive change WILL NOT come from the top down. Trump was touted as a hail mary pass but I call bullshit... a hail mary pass has a greater than zero percent chance of success.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Comey will not publicly confirm to Gowdy that the felonious unmasking of Flynn is even under investigation.

That means it is not, otherwise Gowdy would not have posed the question.

How can the FBI not be going after the nine sources who are said (WaPo) to have feloniously 'unmasked' Flynn?

lester1's picture

Gowdy just asked Comey if he directly breifed Obama about spying on Flynn.

 

Comey said "no comment"

 

Busted !!!

Tiwin's picture

Whitewashey misdirection.

Lets talk about Russia hacking voting and completely pretend Diebold (or whatever they call themselves nowadays) dont exist at all.

Just like dead folks and illegals, a drop in the bucket.

crossroaddemon's picture

Correct. Presidents are not elected, they are CHOSEN. Those machines are fucking rigged, and trump is there because the lizard people want him there. 

TheLastTrump's picture

No. Nunes was chopping off at the head any idea that the Russians actually did anything concrete with voter fraud.

 

Since we already know of fraud in MI after the Stein recount that was abruptly ended...:)...this leaves voter fraud as a Democrat issue.

 

Nunes said yesterday that there was NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN MISCONDUCT PERIOD, and that THE ONLY CRIMINAL ACT SO FAR WAS LEAKING OF CLASSIFIED MATERIALS/ "unmasking" of American citizen found on tape.

ATP_Commish's picture

wow you can tell gowdy done this before haha. i love that guy, hes basically telling comey im gonna help pull ur 702 funding if you dont give us honest answers.