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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ATP_Commish's picture

no lie i cannot for the life of me figure out that fucking website.. and im not ancient haha. i wanted to check out that as well and i use reddit.. but its like all over the place with the replys and stuff. haha guess by the time the wall is up ill have figured it out. smh

 

AntiLeMaire's picture

Lot what they heard about is WRONG! ( Comey commenting, clearly signaling about all the purported leaks, that many of those are simply wrong )

holgerdanske's picture

What a bunch of idiots.

If you can continue to say "we know but we can't say" then shut the fuck up!

highwaytoserfdom's picture

 

Exactly who can arrest the deep state?

Hey Guys RT is a Russian News propaganda agency and ZeroH next on the list.  

Oh what about BBC reporting 911 before it happened..

 

There's something happening here
But what it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

roadhazard's picture

That was a hell of a nasty time line of Trump subordinates schmoozing with the Russians from one Rep. I think there are many traitors on that list who will eventually pay a price.

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 11:37 AM

Our Glorious Leader needs to fire the weasel-dick Comey.

crossroaddemon's picture

He hasn't... what does that tell you? This is a scripted circus.

crossroaddemon's picture

He hasn't... what does that tell you? This is a scripted circus.

roadhazard's picture

Comey is locked in for several years.

DuneCreature's picture

I don't know what other people are hearing but here is what my take is:

Slippery Jim has said, 'I want to invoke the protection of the Fifth Amendment.' in two dozen different ways without actually coming out and saying those words.

This isn't a word for word transcript but here is what I heard at the hearing paraphrased a bit.

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"I don't want to confirm or deny anything."

"I don't want to compound a classified documents leak case"

"I can't speak about an ongoing investigation. (And BTW, we at the FBI are investigating everything on the planet earth, so I'm not going to tell you shit.)"

"I can't speak about anything to do with the FISA procedure and since this is all FISA related you are 'shit out of luck' getting me to talk about much of anything."

"We never talk about specific cases but in general we never tell anyone what we are doing until years after it becomes irrelevant."

"I don't want to answer questions about a US person. .. If you have questions about some Chinese guy, I'll do my best."

"Ordinarily we assume the Russians did it unless there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary and then we do our best to hide it. .. That's just our rigorous standard operational procedure which, I'm sure you all know, we take VERY, VERY SERIOUS.

"I can't go into that because that might actually give you some information."

"I can't answer that in an open setting and you will have to catch me in a private setting for me to even tell you whether I can or will tell you. .. Was that clear?"

"I can't name names and you'll be lucky if I can tell you what else I can't tell you."

"Yes, our starting point is always the Russians. We rarely have to look further. .... We call it the Plausible Guilt Test."

"There are seventeen different intelligence gathering agencies so there is always one down the street to soak up a big fuck up for us."

"I can't comment on what we do at The Beaver. I understand everyone's curiosity but we can't do what we do and tell congress about it until we're finished. ....... And no I can't tell you when we will be finished because that might give you a clue about what we're doing."

"I've seen those reports in the media but I can't comment on reports in the media. No offense to the media."

"I can't comment on criminal activity. ... Not outside or inside the agency."

"Yes, we are criminal investigators who investigate criminals. ... I just can't go into the messy details or where more criminals can be normally be found however."

"I hope I have answered all of your questions and, if not, I can't comment on how much I really don't give a shit. .....Thank you, for giving me the opportunity to blow smoke up all of your asses."

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There you have it, folks. My spin on Slippery Jim Comey and Admiral Jolly Rogers at the Permanently Retarded Select Committee On Intelligence hearing on Russian hacking.

Live Hard, Grill A Pirate And A Lawyer Together And What Do You Get? Flimsy One-Eyed Double Speak BBQ Bullshit Covered In Medals And Ribbons, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

roadhazard's picture

I am watching. He did not invoke the fifth amendment. He stated FBI policy and explained it several times. 

DuneCreature's picture

True. ... FBI policy seems to be; We don't do oversight and you can't make me tell you shit.

The perfect Evil Thieving Pirate Force Field.

Live Hard, You Can Hide A Battleship Under A National Security Baby Blanket, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

roadhazard's picture

Also seems to be Trumps policy because he could have stopped all this shit by showing us something. But he has nothing as we have heard.

ATP_Commish's picture

its as if he didnt read the begining of your post and just replied hahah. i found it to be an accurate depiction of what has transpired so far. "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is. ... If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement" -good ol slicky willy clinton

hahah

DuneCreature's picture

Haaha.. I always consider the source of the comment before I decide to 'engage' seriously.

Live Hard, I'm Sure You Can Figure Out What I'm Saying So I Don't Have To Come Right Out And Pee The Fifth On A Nearby Fire Hydrant, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

roadhazard's picture

You are welcome to go with, "took the fifth" if that makes you happy too.

Northern Flicker's picture

Bingo!  If they had signs made up for those answers it would speed things up a bit.

Sebastianbelle's picture

Why doesn't Gowdy ask Comey about his deputy director McCabe's wife receiving 750K for her own personal campaign from the Clinton's prior to Comey testifying re HRC's email server??? In addition to McCabe calling a meeting shortly after Trump's swearing in whereby he is on record saying to a group of FBI underlings, "Fxxck Flynn, Fxxck Trump"' "I hate him." That alone should be grounds for dismissal and a most likely source of leaked intel don't you think?? Very interesting that Comey can confirm there is an 'on going' investigation into an alleged Trump Russia collusion but CANNOT CONFIRM the same for felonious leaked intel on the front page of every Fish Wrapper of a newspaper in the country. Is the man a partisan hack, utterly incompetent or both?? You decide? I am thoroughly disgusted.

hooligan2009's picture

ponders whether every charge levelled by demonrats against russia could be exactly mirrored against demonrats in the US - and whethera demonrat government will always propagate am escalating war with russia.

e.g. iraq = illiegal invasion buy US? ukraine = illegal government sponsored by US - equivalent of Ukraine and Syria?

 

ATP_Commish's picture

hear hear! the kettles black baby

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Is this what the government of the mightiest military on the planet has descended to? What a fucking joke.

ATP_Commish's picture

seems many of the questions asked might be better served by consulting a dictonary

The Wizard's picture

A perfect case of displaying ignorance by Carson. Crimea is made up of a good number of retired Russian military who voted 95% in a referendum to be annexed by Russia. There was not military invasion. Why doesn't Carson discuss what created the Ukranian revolution? Why doesn't he mention Viki Nuland's comments?

Please define "Russian Invasion of Crimea"

Flybyknight's picture

Carson " Russia invaded Crimea" What an misinformed  idiot! There is no hope for the USA with these stupid dupes in power.

Footprint's picture

When Speier started talking i had to check the screen: it was eerily similar to Clinton's voice...

 

In any case. if this hearing goes on, at the end the US will be at war with Russia.

Idaho potato head's picture

They seem to be pushing very hard for it. These bastards will destroy the world for thier deluded egos. Time to get right with your maker.

LA_Goldbug's picture

"Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s membership on the executive board of an energy company, Joule Unlimited, which received millions from a Putin-connected Russian government fund, also included “75,000 common shares,” according to an email exchange uncovered by the Wikileaks hacks."

"In the newly-uncovered email exchanged under the subject “Podesta Outstanding Docs for Joule,” Eryn Sepp, who was an assistant to Podesta at the Center for American Progress, forwarded a message to Podesta from Mark C. Solakian, who was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc."

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/13/wikileaks-bombshell-j...

ATP_Commish's picture

and then dont forget this sleezy shit, after they topple the ukrainian govt hunter biden gets his big break. prob a coincidence tho haha

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/hopelessly-corrupt-ukraine-busines...

 

as usual, joey b said it best..

"It should be noted that during the Vice-President’s (Joe Biden) speech in Parliament, he said that it was impossible to find another country where the “cancer of corruption” is booming at the same pace as it is in Ukraine."

Smedley's picture

I just turned the clown show on and heard a Superstar talking about 'Russian expansion'.

Let's look at their expansion for a moment, they've lost Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine and Crimea (which was retaken).

Can you see they are in a complete ALTERNATE REALITY????

An ABSOLUTE joke....leader of the free world.....

ROTFLMAO

:D

Pasadena Phil's picture

Regarding Rep Spier's tarantula web analogy, tarantulas don't spin webs.

http://www.orkin.com/other/spiders/tarantulas/

They produce the silk that could produce webs but they don't.

ATP_Commish's picture

well then again these ppl still think russia invded ko--rea? lol plus they hairy and kinda gross. sounds like a middle eastern kinda thing if you put those aspects into the picture

ironmace's picture

who the fuck is this psychopath Jackie Speier? What a fucking nut. 

California Democrats are an enemy to this country, pure and simple.

In a real court of law, she would be hauled away in cuffs. Garbage and bullshit, pure and simple.

Act of war? crazy moonbats.

Wilcox1's picture

Who in the world is this speier woman? Friggin warhawk.

Footprint's picture

Re: Clinton sock puppet

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 11:51 AM

I am watching some of these hearings.  What blather and nonsense.  The Democrat committee members are all phrasing their questions in the form of when did Donald Trump stop beating his wife.  These people know nothing.  Such imbeciles.  What an utter waste of time.  

Footprint's picture

Not a waste of time: Democrats are Building a case to go to war with Russia. Comey and NSA are going along and confirming Russia is subject to be declared war upon.  Trump Will have to be removed according to this narrative so that the US may proceed in declaring such war.

Global Hunter's picture

that is interesting I hadn't thought of that was the Democrats strategy.  I was watching and turned it off because I just thought they were showboating and throwing shit to distract. 

Flybyknight's picture

There is a lot of ignorance in the room

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Jackie Speier. That Jewish pro-Zionist shyster just said Russia engaged in an act of war, "Hybrid War" against the American people and its democracy. Previous to that Comey and his NSA sidekick stated Russia interfered in the USSA elections favouring one side over the other and previous to that, Mr Carson doesn't give the impression he believes the script he is told to recite. A Kabuki show in all its glory.

rlouis's picture

LOL the Russians were loud - like they didn't care if anyone knew.  Maybe it's becuz the CIA made hacking the systems so EZ? 

BustainMovealota's picture

Correct,, they were loud and noisy because they wanted this attention.  Which would exclude the Russians.  This was an inside job designed to make it look like the Russians.

ironmace's picture

Oh God, fine. Go to war with Russia. Go ahead, declare war. The Unites States will not win. why? We have been at war non-stop for 16 years on multiple fronts. Obunghole has routed budgets and contracts for new equipment.We are fixing jets with graveyard parts, We have shit. Then the hangings will start. Riots? you wont beleive. Then you will finally know hell. Then you will finally know what freedom and liberty was.

crossroaddemon's picture

Gods, but this is good entertainment. I need tomake some more fucking popcorn.

joego1's picture

The  county if effectively insolvent unless we borrow another few trillion every year and we have this dog and pony show. Humanity's outlook seems bleak at the moment.

Global Hunter's picture

don't normally correct or point out spelling/grammar on reader posts but I like your use of the word "county" instead of "country" in your sentence about borrowing a few trillion every year.  I don't know if it was deliberate but soon your county may indeed need to borrow a few trillion a year bwahahaha.

optimator's picture

When I poster can type 200 WPM those things happen.  

crossroaddemon's picture

You know why this all so funny? Because it was so fucking predictable. I called it, and I wasn't the only one. But so many of you are so desperate to believe in SKittles-shitting unicorns.