First Public Hearing on Russian Meddling in Election Set for March 20th

The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing this month on the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters Tuesday it will take place on March 20. He said he wants to hold public hearings on the politically-charged issue in the interest of openness.

FBI Director James Comey, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are expected to be invited.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed meddling in the presidential election to damage faith in the electoral process and harm then-candidate Hillary Clinton, eventually developing a preference for President Donald Trump. The president has called any allegations of ties between his campaign and Moscow a politically-charged witch hunt. He has argued that information leaks from his administration are more significant than the reports that they fuel.

Nunes said Tuesday he does not believe that Russia helped to elect Trump. The congressman previously said U.S. intelligence officials have not given the committee any evidence of contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence.

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Source: CNBC