It’s the talk of the town in Washington. FBI Director James Comey and Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, are testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign and potential ties between U.S. President Donald Trump’s advisors and the Kremlin. It’s the first time Comey and Rogers will testify publicly since Trump took office.
For the first time, Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He said the investigation began in late July 2016. Stay tuned to Foreign Policy for more.
Trump spiced up the drama in recent weeks by accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him and his campaign — though numerous lawmakers and senior intelligence officials denied Trump’s unsubstantiated claims. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the panel’s ranking member, called those allegations “slanderous” at the start of the hearing. Trump took to Twitter early Monday to deride the investigation into Russian meddling in the election as “fake news.”
The scandal has already hit the administration. Michael Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security advisor less than a month into the job, after he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Trump’s Russia ties after he, too, had misled the White House and public about his meetings with Russian officials.
A lot of questions are still swirling around, and many are hoping Monday’s hearing can finally provide some answers. You can watch the hearing live here:
Update: This article has been updated to include FBI Director James Comey’s comments.
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