FBI & NSA chiefs testify in Congress on Trump, Russia, wiretapping (WATCH LIVE)
FBI and NSA directors are testifying before the House Select Committee on Intelligence concerning allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and President Donald Trump’s claims his campaign was spied on.
20 March 201714:49 GMT
Rooney's questioning aims to figure out how Trump's former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was unmasked, and that information leaked to the media.
Rogers declines to comment on the Washington Post article, or who the nine "current and former intelligence officials" that leaked the information might be.
Rooney is arguing that if those who "break the sacred trust" by leaking aren't held accountable, then reauthorizing Section 702 later this year might be difficulty.
- 14:44 GMT
Rogers now explains under what circumstances the identity of the US person is unmasked, noting that US persons are featured in an "incredibly small subset" of NSA reports.
In addition to himself, 19 other individuals have the authority to unmask US persons in reports, Rogers says.
- 14:39 GMT
Surveillance under Section 702 applies only to non-US persons outside the US, Rogers confirms to Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Florida).
"Incidental collection" refers to when a US person appears in the course of regular targeting of foreign nationals, Rogers explains, outlining the process when that happens.
NSA normally masks the identity of such a person if the intercept is legitimate, Rogers explains.
- 14:37 GMT
"If I spent time in this job worried about unsourced media reporting, I would never get any work done," says Rogers, answering Nunes about media leaks.
- 14:36 GMT
Nunes asks Rogers and Comey if Russia changed vote tallies in any of the states.
"No, sir," Rogers replies, prefacing the response with a note the NSA collects foreign intelligence, so it's not the best agency to ask.
"No," Comey replies.
- 14:33 GMT
"Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on some topics," Comey urges. "This work is very complex and there is no way for me to give you a timetable as to when it will be done."
"I can promise you we will follow the facts, wherever they might lead," Comey adds.
- 14:28 GMT
Director James Comey confirms the FBI "is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election" citing extraordinary circumstances. He cannot say more, since the investigation is ongoing and classified, Comey says.
- 14:26 GMT
Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, says the agency is doing its best to support the committee's investigation.
He says the NSA stands by its January assessment, the details of which remain classified.
- 14:24 GMT
"Only by understanding what the Russians did can we inoculate ourselves against further Russian interference, which we know is coming," saysSchiff.
- 14:22 GMT
After laying out the entire alleged conspiracy, Schiff admits it's possible everything in it was a coincidence.
"We simply don't know, not yet," he says, "and we owe it to the country to find out."
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