WATCH | Part 2 of FBI Director Comey's and NSA director Roger's testimony to Congress.
WATCH | Part 1 of FBI Director Comey's and NSA director Roger's testimony to Congress.
UPDATE 2:28 p.m. EST:
In a moment sure to please millions of football fans, Comey said "I hate the New England Patriots" during his hearing before Congress.
Comey was using an analogy to describe what Russia thought of Hillary Clinton when he let his hatred of the Super Bowl champions slip.
Here's the clip in context.
"I hate the New England Patriots.” - Comey— Anthony De Rosa 🗽 (@Anthony) March 20, 2017
That’s Presidential Medal of Freedom worthy.
He was quickly applauded on Twitter.
I’m not certain I UNDERSTOOD Comey’s “I hate the New England Patriots” example, but I’m really happy he decided to go with it.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) March 20, 2017
Like so civil servants, Comey is completely non-partisan except when it comes to the NE Patriots.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) March 20, 2017
UPDATE 12:51 p.m. EST:
President Trump's official Twitter account, @POTUS, tweeted several clips from the congressional hearing with Comey. The tweets appeared to be used as evidence that the Trump administration did not collude with Russia. No tweets acknowledged that Comey said there was no evidence that Trump had been wiretapped. Additionally, Rogers and Comey said Russia's hack was meant to interfere with the election. The clip excerpted in Trump's "electoral process" tweet referred explicitly to interference with votes.
UPDATE 12:28 p.m. EST: The White House responded to the hearing.
It’s only fair that I have a chance to respond 2 any smears or half truths about alleged “Collusion with Russians” from 2day’s Intel Hearing— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 20, 2017
Longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone Jr. demanded a chance to respond to the hearing.
FBI Director James Comey just now at US House Intelligence Committee Hearing: Russia "didn't deal directly with WikiLeaks".— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 20, 2017
WikiLeaks touted the fact that Comey said they weren't directly tied to Russia.
UPDATE 11:08 a.m. EST:
NSA Director Michael Rogers said the agency did not ask the United Kingdom to spy on Trump, despite White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claiming that it had. British officials called those claims "ridiculous."
UPDATE 11:02 a.m. EST:
FBI Director James Comey said he had "no information" that President Trump was wiretapped by former President Obama's administration, despite his tweets of claims to the contrary.
UPDATE 10:37 a.m. EST:
NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers said there was no evidence that Russian hackers had changed vote counts in several states.
UPDATE 10:32 a.m. EST:
Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating any possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign as part of its investigation into Russian interference.
However, he said he was not able to say more about how that investigation was being carried out in an open session of Congress. He did brief some congressional leaders, including House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I say I can't comment on certain issues.
UPDATE 10:31 a.m. EST:
During his lengthy preamble, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee rattled off a list of people with ties to both Trump and Russia.
He said it was possible those were all coincidences, but that "we owe it to America" to find out the truth.
ORIGINAL STORY: This hearing before the House Intelligence Committee expected to be huge. Here's what you need to know about the hearing before it starts.
Comey is joined by Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the NSA. The hearing is expected to run until about 1:00 p.m.
President Trump tweeted several times about Russia on Monday, at one point hinting that Hillary Clinton's campaign had contact with Russia and insisting all reports of ties to Russia were "fake news."