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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YHWH is greater's picture

Don't you worry, my people.

Vengence is mine saith YHWH.

TheLastTrump's picture

Amen, but...HE'S BEEN GETTING SOME THROUGH TRUMP.

 

We all owe GOD & Trump for exposing this rats nest of viciousness.

 

Speaking of...getting some firewood yesterday I noticed fresh blood everywhere. The rats were under the plastic cover puking up blood after eating poison. Picked up a carcass this am, there will be more.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Dems going after then private citizens such as Manafort and Stone.

Repubs going after then gubmint officials (of the Obama WH).

Bit of a difference there.

This issue boils down to gubmint officials using gubmint resources and breaking federal laws to go after then private citizens such at Trump and Flynn.  During a presidential election campaign.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

still no questions about CIA (and McCain's) support of ISIS though - is that right?

What the media misses in the Syrian bloodbath: a 'thank you' to Hillary from Israel

Wikileaks has released what may be the most under-reported story of the year in a year full of them, Hillary Clinton's uncanny fulfillment of Oded Yinon's plan for the Middle East according to Israel 30 years ago. This was summed up in Yinon's "A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties." Yinon, an influential right-wing Israeli strategist, envisioned a Middle East riven with conflict between Arab tribes and religious denominations, unable to oppose Israeli ambitions for regional dominance.

Yinon wrote:
"Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel...Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon."
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https://www.sott.net/article/326282-What-the-media-misses-in-the-Syrian-...

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The Yinon Plan, “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS: the Connection

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Reach of a "Greater Israel"When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

“Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one Shiite and the other Sunni.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.

“Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states. The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must

become an imperial regional power, and
must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.

Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation… This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.

Viewed in this context, the war on Syria is part of the process of Israeli territorial expansion. Israeli intelligence working hand in glove with the US, Turkey and NATO is directly supportive of the Al Qaeda terrorist mercenaries inside Syria.
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https://leaksource.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/the-yinon-plan-greater-israe...

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Why Does Israel Support ISIS?

From the outset of the foreign-sponsored insurrection in Syria, Israel has decidedly backed the armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Reports have shown that Israeli forces have been providing safe haven, hospital care and even weaponry to anti-Assad militants, including to the most radical outfits like ISIS and Al-Nusra Front. On top of material and logistical aid, the Israeli air force has unleashed dozens of air strikes on Syrian regime and allied Hezbollah targets throughout the conflict.

Top Israeli officials have repeatedly stressed that they would “prefer” an ISIS victory in Syria over an Assad victory.

The reasons for this are pretty straightforward:
1) The barbaric, savage atrocities conducted by ISIS in Syria and Iraq garners tremendous bad press for Islam in general, which translates into good or less negative coverage of Israel and its criminal activities. ISIS’s cruel and unusual methods of execution (i.e., beheadings, crucifixions, immolations, drownings, stoning, throwing people off of buildings, etc.), which it openly flaunts in macabre propaganda videos, provokes extremely bad headlines which have obscured any sense of proportional coverage of Israel’s ongoing brutality against the Palestinians. With ISIS dominating the headlines and TV newsreels, Israel escapes international opprobrium and has a free hand to act.
2) By using the word “Islamic” in their official title, ISIS’s atrocious acts of brigandry are automatically associated with Islam generally by the less-than-astute general public, which induces fear and animosity towards the entire religion and any group associated with it. Knowing this, Netanyahu and other Israeli imperialists have employed guilt-by-association fallacies to demonize the Muslim groups in conflict with Israel by falsely equating them to ISIS; groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which have condemned the atrocities of ISIS, and the latter organization being on the frontline in Syria in the fight against the terror group. Hostility towards Islam in this day and age usually induces feelings of sympathy and affinity for the Jews and Israel, whose main rivals are Arab and Muslim countries and groups.

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http://nonalignedmedia.com/2016/04/why-does-israel-support-isis/

ATP_Commish's picture

israel supports isis, we supported isis,under obama, and of course the saudis... basically all jews and sunnis no? the main point being iran wants to take out saudis and israel, syria wants to become sunni as is their majority but have a shia govt, and we fight proxy wars to try to keep stability which in turn gives weaopns to the loser of each battle as they run when defeated.. why is this underreported news? i see you made a very long post though, kudos! im sure theres a more relevant thread you couldve unloaded this information onto.

LA_Goldbug's picture

" the media misses"

Misses what it is told to miss by the owners.

Hillarys Server's picture

Great info, amazing. I had been mostly thinking about oil, pipelines and the petrodollar. Someone also recommended the book "The Israeli Lobby". Will have to read it.

arby63's picture

Hurts my head to think all of this is true but I suspect it is. Very frustrating for the average American who has no power to control our path toward chaos and destruction. Short of a bloody outbreak of civil war right here at home I think we'll stay on the same path. No good ending.

Duty Chief's picture

For me, this is proof positive that the Republican leadership is looking to take Trump down. This heraing should not even be happening. They are investigating bullshit that we know did not occur. Hell, even if it did occur, the Republicans are in power and can make it go away.  That's what the Democrats did. There was plenty to investigate in Obama's first term and they did not do shit. In fact, it is the absence of scenes like this the Democrats point to to "prove" there was no scandal under Obama.  Dirty one-party, oligarch pig fuckers, every one.

Gowdy seems nice though.

LA_Goldbug's picture

For me Gowdy is the straight arrow here.

The Rep. Party is Full of Shi&

ATP_Commish's picture

agreed. how do we appoint him the next clapper or comey! fuck these mcstains and lyinstiens gowdy is a really great trouble maiker for these extablishment types im surprised they let him into this commitee haha

LA_Goldbug's picture

I truly would LOVE that to happen. Maybe Gowdy is another Warren Pocahontas who initially fooled most of us.

Notice what Schiff is doing with these "Does Russia want more Brexits ?" etc. They are like potential quotes to be placed into the Media.

TheLastTrump's picture

Oh so that's the lie?

 

RUSSIA is behind Brexit, Trump, Geert Wilders & Le Pen?

 

Motherfuckers.

LyLo's picture

I've taken to blaming most of my minor annoyances, especially tech related, on Russia and Putin.  I mean, sure: friggin' Putin climbed off his tiger, put on a shirt, connected to Siberian wifi, and personally hacked me.  It's not that my super old computer is full of dirt, smoke, and pet fur--it was Putin.

For some reason, nobody seems to buy it...

Global Hunter's picture

I hate RINOs as much as the next normal man however the GOP congressmen seem to be trying to use the forum to establish that crimes were committed in leaking Trump officials conversations to the press including espionage charges.  They have also on record that Russia did not hack a single vote in any state or no evidence of. 

Duty Chief's picture

Fair points all.  I believe, however, that this is keeping the shit show alive. Just let it die and move on to the stuff that matters. I feel like the republicans are allowing this to stay in the spotlight to the detriment of the more important issues.

TheLastTrump's picture

YES.

 

The Repubs are doing EXACTLY what the President wants- MAKE THE CLASSIFIED LEAKER PAY.

 

That will make all them sonsabitches think twice. Hoepfully the newsie that accepted the classified material gets in hot water, along with his/her editor.

LyLo's picture

Yeah--they can't really exhonerate Flynn, then call the leakers whistleblowers.  I don't think you've really thought through what you're suggesting.

(And for the record; this is something we have been doing in the US for 40 years now, with varying degrees of success.  While I'd love it if Trump stopped the general trend towards secrecy, merely by not prosecuting every single person in the chain in the media he's already doing much, much better than his predecessor on the issue.  The establishment Republicans are getting frisky because some of their buddies seem to have been caught up, and I suspect they are concerned for themselves.  Bear in mind, DiFi, for the terrible witch she is, actually got a lot more circumspect regarding surveillance after she herself was its victim, and they get only tepid support from what was once their most staunch ally now.  Sort of a NIMBY thing, that is working to our benefit.)

VWAndy's picture

 These cats all have security clearences so they cannot tell the truth. Bound by law to hide it. Thats why they were not sworn in kiddies.

  You want shit to talk about by the water cooler? You get shit to talk about.

  They could get more people to watch the show if they had more hot chicks. Maybe Comney should get a boob job?

ATP_Commish's picture

Double D's wouldnt help, comey's been through all these hearings before and he still hasnt been fucked yet

VWAndy's picture

 Maybe if he got three boobs instead of two. After all it is only government money right? Put the third one on the side of his head maybe with a baseball cap. That way when he looks around we can see it jiggle.

Robert Trip's picture

Sewell is a bad joke.

UdderContempt's picture

Sorry Russia, the (((Cabal))) just won't let it go.

 

I'm off for a good cigar in the library.

Arrest Hillary's picture

Ms. Sewell is reading her questions .... niggardly guerilla tactics ?

847328_3527's picture

If the Weasel says, "no evidence he has..." then I have to believe it. I'd feel better if he swore to it on his weasel's graves.

He's probably too busy writingt more immunity papers for the crooks at the DNC and soros terrorists organizations.

Reaper's picture

The elephant at the hearings is the unmentioned NSA and CIA recording all communications.  You don't need a subpoena or an official FBI documented order to read that which you already have.   The Congressional swine on both sides refuse to acknowledge the elephant.

TheLastTrump's picture

Yes and none talked about the Obama exit EO giving ALL security agencies access to NSA intel gathering, making it much harder to spot the leakers.

shortonoil's picture

 

More dog an pony show to distract from the world's $250 trillion debt bomb, the $1000 trillion derivative WMD, and a petroleum industry that is coming apart. When the Middle East goes up in flames, and the ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills blaming it on Russians will sound pretty dim witted. Enjoy the bread and circuses while the emperor can still afford the bread. The intent is to keep you riveted to your seat; waiting for the next fatal sword plunge; which just may be directed at you!

 

http://www.thehillsgroup.org/

ATP_Commish's picture

yes im sure they are banking on the 10 ppl watching cspan regularly. as 90% of people in the regular world dont even know wtf a hearing is.. let alone cspan. brillant analysis

VWAndy's picture

 Yea wtf is a hearing? A giant stack of BS? Truth and justice are not going to be in the room.

  Can you hear the laughter? They are laughing at us all. Its a joke and guess who its on.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

A classic, "find the ball under the cup" hustle....

 

Comey says this, Trump says that.. . Pick the cup.... 

 

"You were sure the ball was under the middle cup....  Try again."

 

Who will repeal Obamacare....  Cup 1, Boehner.  Cup 2, Ryan....  Cup 3, Trump...  Choose wisely. 

 

While you were convinced, you were wrong.  Try again....

 

Will the Great Wall be built... 

VWAndy's picture

 This needs a sound track. Perhaps some Benny. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuL687HGfjI

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

the fbi agent with the mason's ring says: "somebody has got to go to jail"

marc rich :died for hillary's  & shiff's sins and the washinton elite  bosses..

the big question: what happened to that laptop and is carlos danger in custody??

the potential scandal of pizzagate hangs like a black shroud tarnishing all of DC -

obuma is hiding on french pacific island, why now?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Sorry to say it, but Putin in this matter has made a mockery of the US federal gubmint.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The funny thing is the plan is laid out before us all:

 

Putin is playing chess.

 

Trump is playing on Twitter like a Kardashian. 

orangegeek's picture

Jim Himes is a marxist cunt!!!!

VWAndy's picture

 This is your government on drugs.

ATP_Commish's picture

'bc russia disliked hillary so much its logical inference'-comey

hahah because she wasnt working directly with russian officials, pressing silly red reset buttons or selling uranium.

 i think you are right my friend.. cue the scrambled eggs in the hot pan analogy

MrBoompi's picture

I'd like to make a comment about this circus, and the fucking clowns taking part in it, but I can't since the investigation is still ongoing.  

Dg4884's picture

What a big fucking yawn-a-thon.  Tax payer funds at work.

Wahooo's picture

There's no cell service on the tarmac, right? Still, they could ask about it.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Of course the private citizen they could put under oath under penalty of perjury is on a fly-speck French island in Polynesia. How convenient.

jmbruegge's picture

Rep. Schiff looks a little too much like President Logan from "24".

President Logan - https://www.google.com/#q=president+logan&*

 

Rep. Schiff - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Schiff

 

 

arby63's picture

Just give me the transcripts because I would love to pound all their faces in (except Gowdy).

Dien Bien Poo's picture

LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

aloha_snakbar's picture

Where is Barky "I like penis" Sucktoro?

One Ton Lady's picture

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/4chans-pol-using-border-webcams-...

 

side note

 

4chan   helping to report wetbacks to  Border Patrol 

ha ha ha

now that's funny.........