US House Panel Schedules First Trump-Russia Hearing

Politico reports:

The House Intelligence Committee is asking former Obama administration officials to testify in its first open hearing this month as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Those being asked to testify March 20 include former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump in January after refusing to defend his travel ban executive order in court. FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers were also asked to testify.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters the witnesses were being asked to testify willingly and that he did not plan to issue subpoenas at this point.

  • justme

    So Sorry Devin..
    That you have to do your job for a change

    NOT!!

  • another_steve

    Now is the time for all good career civil servants in the intelligence agencies to leak the goods to congressional Democrats.

    I worked with so many of them in my day.

    They’re out there, and they can do it.

    • NancyP

      Not to mention, the IRS….

      • another_steve

        Great point.

        Thanks.

    • Diogenes Arktos

      I think the traditional phrasing is:

      Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.

      I think I’m showing my age 🙂

  • Boreal

    This will all be for show since repigs will do nothing to bring dump down.

    http://www.johnlund.com/Images/Dog-And-Pony-Show.jpg

    • Joe in PA

      Exactly…which is why all the administration can do is say “let congress investigate”. And by congress I mean my rethuglican friends.

  • LovesIrony

    subpoena sessions the lying ag

  • HZ81

    The House GOP will be serving borscht and Beef Stroganoff.

    • JWC

      and much WODKA

  • Lars Littlefield

    Is Nunes now officially running the show?

    • David Walker

      I find it interesting that he’s doing anything. It may be as Boreal suggests, the ol’ dog and pony show. But it’s an open session, so one would expect reporters to be there and I think they’re becoming sufficiently pissed off that by March 20 they may be inspired to do some reporting, maybe even look into background, and (dare we hope?) fact checking.

      • Nunes will do everything he can to turn it into an investigation of the Obama administration.

  • David Walker

    Interesting Olbermann today
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzaqKWggB60

    • TampaDink

      His videos are so worth watching.

    • safari

      I like how Keith uses lists. It works for him, and it reminds us of more of the context of Donald’s insanity.

    • Natty Enquirer

      LOL. Can I have an “amen”!

  • AW

    I have a feeling they won’t “find” anything.

    • David Walker

      No matter what they’re told.

      • another_steve

        For Republicans on the committees, it’ll all come down to “it depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

        It helped save Bill Clinton’s presidency, after all.

        • Todd20036

          Except Bill didn’t commit treason.

          All he did was lie about a question that was no one’s business in the first place to ask

          • another_steve

            Yes yes yes. But boy lied under oath, which for a sitting President is not a good thing to do.

            That he received blowjobs from a young tart is of no concern to me. In my day, I received blowjobs from many a young tart. But as a federal employee, if I received one during business hours and in the workplace (when you, the taxpayer were paying for it), I would have been fired in a New York minute.

            Whatever. I wish Bill well.

            And Hillary.

            Poor poor Hillary.

          • BobSF_94117

            He did not lie under oath. He was asked a very odd question in a very odd way by a very odd attorney. He took the obvious semantic dodge.

            They probably set it all up, knowing that his weasely legal mind and general lack of character regarding his sexual exploits would force him to take the opening and look even worse than he was.

          • another_steve

            Well he did say under oath, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

            Mind you, I could not care less with whom boyfriend had sexual relations.

            I do find it disturbing, though, that he had them on the job — on your and my dime.

          • JCF

            “Well he did say under oath, ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman.'”

            No. That Infamous Statement was made in a press conference, NOT under oath. Under oath, it was all the carefully parsed phrasing of a Georgetown-educated lawyer.

          • HandsomeMrToad

            You are both wrong. He did say under oath that he had not had sexual relations with Monica, BUT, the lawyers who questioned him defined “sexual relations” in a very specific way, which, strictly interpreted, did NOT include RECEIVING a bj.

          • j.martindale

            They set him up with lies and false testimony, and he resisted. They attacked his and Hillary’s reputation endlessly. Basically, you are asking, why didn’t he just roll over and tell the truth and ruin his marriage and his presidency. Why didn’t he do the decent thing like any red blooded Mericun would! It was a blowjob, and you can make his deceit about it into this huge moutain, but any honest person will acknowledge it was and is a tiny molehill. Hold his accusers to the same standard of honesty and see where that gets you!

          • HandsomeMrToad

            Hmmm. You seem to think I am against Bill Clinton. In fact I supported him. He was, and is, one of my favorite Presidents. Although–full disclosure–I voted for Ross Perot in 1992, but, I was in California and everyone knew California was gonna go for Bill.

          • j.martindale

            He should have had a blow job during his off hours? Tell me, now, when is the President off? Sorry, but that is absolute baloney. The president is presidenting 24 hours a day.

        • David Walker

          And it will prove once and for all the banana republicans are NOT anti-semantic.

          • david fairfield

            Ha!

    • safari

      “Leaks”. They’ll find leaks and change the subject.

    • LovesIrony

      they’ll find that the 1% need more tax breaks cause well, that’s what they always find.

    • Todd20036

      Yup. No independent investigation for the queen tangerine.

    • Rambie

      They’ll “find” innuendo and more rumors blaming Obama.

  • JWC

    this Chickenshit should not be part of it

    • another_steve

      Living in a civilized nation as you do, JWC, I admire you greatly for voluntarily descending into the putrid shit that is the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government at this moment.

      You have Justin Trudeau. We have Donald J. Trump.

      Ohmigod. :-/

  • SunsetGay

    Nunes: Mr. Flynn, welcome to the House Intelligence Cmte Investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election. Are you comfortable? Would you like a pillow?

    Flynn: Per the advice of my counsel, I invoke my 5th Amendment privileges.

    Nunes: That’s good enough for me. This investigation is closed.

    • TampaDink

      I fear that this will be how it goes, word for word, one witness after the other.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “In summary, the Committee finds that there was no collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. However, we do find that all of Obama’s staffers are GUILTY OF TAPPING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TELEPHONE!”

    • sadoldguy

      And thats the opening statement.

  • Sam_Handwich

    sally yates might be pretty interesting

    • Joe in PA

      If she gets asked the right questions by the dems on the committee.

      • BearEyes

        answer the right question instead of what’s asked.

  • Ninja0980

    All for nothing.
    We want real investigations done, we need to take back the house.
    I’ll be doing my part to make sure “moderate” John Katko loses his seat next year.

  • canoebum

    This guy has ZERO interest in uncovering malfeasance inside the Trump campaign with regard to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The hearings will be used entirely to bash President Obama and attempt to manufacture a post-Presidency scandal in a scandal-free 8 year administration.

    • Ninja0980

      100% this.

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        • William

          Some of us don’t want to work for the Kremlin.

          • JCF

            We LGBTs would more likely be working in a gulag.

          • William

            I have a rule against working anywhere 50 below zero.

    • NedFlaherty

      It’s far, far worse than House Intelligence Chairman Nunes (R-CA) merely having “zero interest in uncovering” malfeasance. What Nunes has is “undying dedication to concealing” malfeasance.

      He’s not only uninterested in exposing GOP crimes, he’s determined to hide them. Huge difference.

      Just last week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) confirmed that official GOP policy is to never investigate or report crimes committed by its own members.

      • canoebum

        I agree. My own representative, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, sent me a letter last week in reply to my repeated calls, assuring me they would find out what happened. Somehow, I don’t believe her. She is, after all, a Republican. Nunes looks and sounds like a typical GOP dirt bag apparatchik.

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  • twb6yz

    no questions of anyone from the Trump campaign?

  • geoffalnutt

    Nunes? Right. Utter bullshit.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hey Nunes, Sessions, et al, it’s not a hard word to say, let alone spell:
    s-p-e-c-i-a-l p-r-o-s-e-c-u-t-o-r

  • bkmn

    Nunes will do whatever he can to thwart and neuter theae hearings. If you live in his district give him hell.

    • Westcoast88

      Nunes is scum. He is Chavetz in training.

  • billbear1961
  • Treant

    Independent prosecutor now.

    Screw this “cats’ tribunal looking into the mysterious disappearance of mice” crap.

  • kareemachan

    ‘House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters the
    witnesses were being asked to testify willingly and that he did not plan
    to issue subpoenas at this point.’

    Well, that will go well, won’t it?

  • aar9n

    I will bet a box of blow jobs they bring up Benghazi

    • William

      Giving or receiving?

  • JCF
  • Max_1
  • geoffalnutt

    Republican/Russians investigating Republican/Russians?

  • There will be no real investigation until after the 2018 elections, if the nation survives long enough without a “Reichstag fire” situation to get to those elections – and then, ONLY if the majority of voters in a majority of districts get enough Democrats elected to get the job done (despite massive Republican Voter Suppression Fraud schemes) – and those Democrats have to be Democrats with backbones willing to leave no stone unturned.

    And over the next three years, Progressive Democrats MUST take over every possible state legislature in anticipation of the reapportionments coming up after the 2020 census. If it does happen, maybe there will be some progress in the 2020’s.