Top U.S. intelligence officials arrive for a Senate hearing on Wednesday to face questions on the FBI's probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and fallout from the firing of former FBI director James Comey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration),
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Top U.S. intelligence officials arrive for a Senate hearing on Wednesday to face questions on the FBI's probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and fallout from the firing of former FBI director James Comey. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's open hearing will feature officials closely tied to President Donald Trump's abrupt firing last month of Comey, which sparked accusations that the Republican president had dismissed him to hinder the FBI probe and stifle questions about possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the second-ranking official at the Department of Justice who signed a letter recommending Comey's dismissal, will testify, a day ahead of Comey's own hotly anticipated testimony in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election. Rosenstein's public testimony will be the first since he appointed - in the face of rising pressure from Congress - former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating possible links between Russia and the election. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over after Comey was fired, will also be at the hearing. The probe has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threatens to overwhelm his policy priorities. The Kremlin denies U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump's favor, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats. Trump has denied any collusion.. National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will also be present at the hearing originally set to discuss a foreign surveillance law.