Top U.S. officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, accompanied by Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the committee, speaks at a news conference to discuss their probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), accompanied by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), vice chairman of the committee, speaks at a news conference to discuss their probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

April 24, 2017

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Friday it had invited FBI, NSA and Obama administration officials to testify as it restarts its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

After stalling over the committee chairman’s ties to President Donald Trump’s White House and disagreements over who should testify, the bipartisan committee said it sent a letter inviting James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to appear behind closed doors on May 2.

A second letter invited three officials who left the government as President Barack Obama’s administration ended – former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates – to appear at a public hearing to be scheduled after May 2.

The planned hearings are the first the committee has announced since its chairman, Republican Representative Devin Nunes, recused himself from the Russia investigation on April 6 after receiving information at the White House about surveillance that swept up some information about members of Trump’s transition team.

Echoing Trump, Nunes suggested that Obama’s administration had handled that information incorrectly.

Nunes remains the committee’s chairman.

TIES TO TRUMP

Comey and Rogers testified in a public hearing on March 20. At that hearing, Comey confirmed for the first time that the FBI was investigating possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the election.

Nunes was a supporter of Trump’s campaign and a member of his transition team. His decision two days after the public hearing to hold a press conference about the information and discuss it with Trump before disclosing it to Democrats raised questions about whether he could lead a credible investigation.

Committee Democrats also were angered when Nunes scrapped a scheduled public hearing with Brennan, Yates and Clapper. A planned closed hearing with Comey and Rogers also was put off.

The House panel is examining whether Russia tried to influence the election in Trump’s favor, mostly by hacking Democratic operatives’ emails and releasing embarrassing information, or possibly by colluding with Trump associates.

Russia denies the allegations, which Trump also dismisses.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a separate, similar investigation.

Senate investigators currently are interviewing analysts and intelligence agents who prepared public and classified reports in January that concluded that Russia had interfered in last year’s election on Trump’s behalf, an official familiar with the congressional activity said.

At this point they are a long way from scheduling interviews or hearings with any principal witnesses from either the Obama or Trump administrations, the official said.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Mary Milliken)

  • Matt

    As the Obama Admin hopes and prays that everyone
    forgets the Susan Rice felony and it will fade away
    the Media definitely has listened to it’s Liberal bosses and
    Stopped reporting ANYTHING on it
    They know the american people will forget if they stop reporting on it
    Remember Control the Media
    Control the People
    they treat us like stupid drones
    Hey we’re NOT all from the west coast

  • Jack Morris

    I hope these “Investigatative Committees” get to the REAL issues: who is leaking classified information; on what basis were any wiretap/intercept warrants (if any were actually obtained) granted; when will Susan Rice be indicted; and how, given the wide range of voting systems throughout the country, could any rational person beblieve the election could have been affected – one way or the other- by any foreign entity?

    But I won’t hold my breath…

    Finally, given the continued assault on Trump and his Administration, when do Congressional Republicans take off the gloves and get investigations started into the Clinton Foundation, Benghasi, and Hillary’s sale of uranium to the Russians. Time to “flip the playing field”!

    • All American

      Why isn’t anyone pursuing Soros, the Clinton’s and Obama?

  • Charles Slavis

    Discrimination makes me bristle……..

  • Charles Slavis

    I’m fat and seventy…….I keep my hands in my pockets………That way I can harass my self…..I don’t discriminate……

  • Charles Slavis

    Unless you are really young and good looking…….

  • Charles Slavis

    But if you do it……Your Fired!

  • Charles Slavis

    Birds do it , Bees do it, Even people in the trees do it………

  • Charles Slavis

    I opened a door doing bed checks………Inside were two other aids……One was sitting on the bed……The other appeared to be expressing her right to religion…….They both looked up at me smiling……I said……Oh! You have this room covered…..I’ll get the next one…..I closed the door and moved on……..

  • Charles Slavis

    You never know…….

  • Charles Slavis

    The impact ran me half way down the hall…….I was trying to catch up to my butt……..

  • Charles Slavis

    What’s on your tattoo?

  • Charles Slavis

    Why did I do it?……..It was there………She bent over right in front of me……Totally spontaneous…….Crack!…..Bang!……..Hit me like a ricochet…….

  • Charles Slavis

    I smacked one at work …..as she was holding a broom……Bad Idea…..She didn’t file charges…….but I have a bristle tattoo on my butt…….

  • Charles Slavis

    Start reading this from the bottom…….Top down doesn’t make sense…….Come to think of it……..Bottom Up can get you into trouble……

  • Charles Slavis

    If you are young enough to get away with it……

  • Charles Slavis

    Skip the reboot…..Pull the plug………and forget it…….Go out….and hit on some lady…..

  • Charles Slavis

    Looks like I’m going to strike out forever………..

  • Charles Slavis

    I’ll wait till Bill Clinton becomes a supreme court justice before I try it……..

  • Charles Slavis

    On sexual harassment ……….it changes according to age from a youthful compliment…..to an old harassment……….Are women guilty of age discrimination???……..

  • Charles Slavis

    Jack Webb might say…..Just the bias mam….Just the bias……

  • Charles Slavis

    Your news is transparent…..like the rest of the establishment…….

  • Charles Slavis

    Criss Wallace, Shepard Smith, and their ilk…….What are you thinking?

  • Charles Slavis

    Sorry……..When it comes to President Trump…….I can’t resist………

  • Charles Slavis

    And blame it on the Bosa Nova and the Russians……

  • Charles Slavis

    And still lose to the electoral college in a landslide……….

  • Charles Slavis

    They could beat President Trump by nine trillion, billion, million votes……

  • Charles Slavis

    Absentee Ballots………

  • Charles Slavis

    They need to pander to China…..Think of all the votes they can accumulate both legally and illegally……

  • Charles Slavis

    The democrats have abandoned middle class America, pandering to people that kill non Muslims, and black racist hate groups that want dead cops……..and the idiots think that Russia cost them the election……

  • Charles Slavis

    America will support President Trump as long as he continues to represent the American people…..

  • Charles Slavis

    It would look like the worlds biggest pig roast………..Republican …..elephant…..Democrat….Jack Ass……Establishment media and politicians….Pig

  • Charles Slavis

    Establishment politicians and establishment media on both sides are collaborating to prevent the American People from controlling the government which is supposed to represent us not their personal agendas. Trump needs to propose term limits. If the entrenched corrupt politicians continue to resist, then all incumbents need to be voted out…..I don’t think we can find enough tar or rails…….

  • IndyGirl

    Why is no one investigating the $100 million dollar connection between the Clinton Foundation and Russia, or John Podesta’s connections to Russia’s largest bank?

    • All American

      Add
      $8M lost by the Clinton State Dept., The post hurricane Haiti deals, Benghazi.
      Yet no prosecution!
      Intelligence investigation??? Nah!!
      Something is terribly wrong with this picture!

  • IndyGirl

    Why is no one investigating the $100 million dollar connection between the Clinton Foundation Russia or John Podesta’s connections to Russia’s largest bank?

  • IndyGirl

    Why is no one investigating the $100 million dollar connection between the Clinton Foundation and John Podesta’s connections to Russia’s largest bank?

  • Jay

    Why have a Congress at all ,Herr Trump can run the US by EO and tweets

  • Clinicaleducator1

    THIS is getting pretty old!!! I wish the hell these scumbags would get a job and do SOME work. TERM LIMITS for CONGRESS!!!

    • pawanna

      Amen to that – and I would like to see a law that – if you owe back taxes to the federal government you may not run for office until every cent is paid…..quite a few would be out of luck…..

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  • Kerry Good

    The feds suck! Every democrat, rino, invading illegal alien, mosloms, liberals, queers, niglits can all suck on a pump 12 for the best high they can possibly get!

  • I believe that the republicans and the democrats would rather have Obama back in the White House than have President Trump. Everyone can see what the republicans are doing to the President. Especially Paul Ryan, he’s acting like he’s the president. Which will never happen in his life time. President is trying to get things done but the republicans are not letting him. I truly believe that the republicans are in cohoots to see that the President Trump never gets his promises completed. The country is out of control, Obama left the country in bad shape and no seems to see it. It’s time to drain the swap come 2018 and get all the old republicans out and bring in new fresh ideas from younger and smarter republicans. As everyone can see the old RINO’s just do seem to grasp on what is happening. They are still thinking the old ways are the better ways which there not. The two main problems in congress are Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell as long as they are in power nothing will get done. But again President Trump did beat 16 other candidates to win the presidency I believe that he will do the same to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

    • All American

      Many have already forgotten 9/11/01 and the treachery that rekindled love of country, unity and strength that empowered us all as “Americans!”
      Many have forgotten that we allowed Muslim radicals to infiltrate our country and how we freely offered an American education, training, jobs, life in our communities all to no avail. Their goals were clear.
      The swamp rats have created powerful smoke screens that have captured the attention of many who have already forgotten.
      And when a good man steps forward, placing his very blessed life aside to help us save “Our America” he is persecuted by many of those that have long forgotten.

  • giovanni dellepiane

    Do they have something more intelligent to do?