LIVE VIDEO: Intel Chiefs Testify Before Senate Panel On White House Security Clearances, Cyber Attacks, More

Already underway. The Washington Post reports:

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray is appearing Tuesday morning before a Senate panel, where he is expected to field questions on security clearances for White House personnel and whether he remains confident in the independence of his agents.

Wray is one of six top intelligence agency heads testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its annual worldwide threats hearing, which comes as the White House is seeking to deflect criticism over its handling of a security clearance for a senior aide accused of spousal abuse by saying it relies on law enforcement and intelligence agencies to run the process.

The hearing also comes as the bureau is under fire from President Trump and his GOP allies for its handling of investigations related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

NBC News reports:

A new U.S. intelligence report predicts Russia will meddle in this year’s midterm elections as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies.

The global threats report issued Tuesday also says the risk of conflict with North Korea is higher today than at any time since the end of the Cold War. So, too, is the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia that’s destabilizing the Middle East. Cyberattacks are on the rise.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats tells The Associated Press they’re coming from governments, militant groups, criminal organizations and people with the technical know-how to breach U.S. agencies, intelligence bodies and the military. He says Washington must better craft responses to minimize these attacks.

  • crewman

    they’re coming from governments, militant groups, criminal organizations and people with the technical know-how to breach U.S. agencies, intelligence bodies and the military

    …but primarily 400-pound men living in their parent’s basement.

    • Rex

      And, some, I assume, are good people.

  • alc2018
  • Leo

    Catch me up on this tonight. Don’t have the patience to toggle and decipher.

  • kaydenpat

    Republicans are ok with Russia’s meddling because it benefited them. That’s the long and short of the story.

    • crewman

      Bingo. And as long as they think it will continue to benefit them, there will be no true movement to fix the problem, only hand gestures and strongly-worded pronouncements.

    • FAEN

      I saw a report on Vice News that floored me-so many in the South are PRO Russia. Unbelievable.

      • Tatonka

        I can guarantee you that if the GOP was trying to gin up a war with Russia using exactly the same intelligence, the same pro-Russia people would be 100% behind it.

      • Lars Littlefield

        The only thing I like about Bill Maher — he produces Vice News on HBO.

      • kaydenpat

        Do you remember back in the day when Southerners hater “Communists”? Guess those days are long gone.

        • FAEN

          I still have a hard time wrapping my head around how they’re Reaganites AND love Russia and Putin. Do they even realize how crazy that is?

          • kaydenpat

            They don’t care about being consistent. Whatever furthers their interests works.

          • JCF

            They compartmentalize “Putin the 20 year Soviet KGB agent”, from “Putin the WHITE strong man (“unlike Obama”), and friend of the homo-hating Russian Orthodox Church, who likes Trump”.

          • -M-

            The Russians have been wooing & grooming the theofascists, gun nuts, and white supremacists for years, just like they did the Useful Dotard.

        • Ann Kah

          I’m old enough to remember when “commie” was a dreaded epithet. I’m astonished/dismayed as the change, as the GOP lemmings follow Fearless Leader off the cliff, dragging us all down, down, down…

      • JCF

        The Nazis in Charlottesville last summer (w/ the tiki torches) shouted—in addition to “Blood and Soil!” and “Jews Will Not Replace Us!”—“Russia Is Our Friend!”

    • 2patricius2

      Congressional Republicans are traitors.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    For the people sitting behind the witnesses: No gum chewing!!! Tacky, tacky, tacky.

  • Leo
  • another_steve

    Read. My. Lips…

    If you work in Donald Trump’s administration – if you serve him and his goals – you are a moral scumbucket.

    No exceptions.

    Moral. Scumbucket.

    • Renfield

      And a traitor.

    • The_Wretched

      The rather sordid and long list of people fired so far supports that conclusion.

    • prixator

      Why are you being so polite to them? 😉

  • Renfield

    Thankfully our president is fully committed to improving his golf game.

  • safari
    • Lars Littlefield

      They walk among us.

      • saucetin

        I think he’s seated. Long-faced AND lazy.

  • JWC

    A long discussion with little response. Much like mating elephants. Lots of stomping , trumpeting , raising dust and 2 years for any results

  • Will someone please buy this man a jar of cold cream?

  • Pete Wascher

    trump is ok with russian hackers disrupting democrats. would not appreciate other hackers sowing discord among his supporters.