FBI chief to testify publicly on Russian interference

FBI chief to testify publicly on Russian interference
© Greg Nash

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Adm. Michael Rogers will testify publicly in the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Wednesday. 

The panel is holding its first public hearing into the matter March 20, the same day the Senate is set to begin considering the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court. 

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Comey has been under fierce pressure from Democrats to reveal whether the bureau is investigating alleged links between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

His silence on the matter has angered Democrats given the director’s public accounting last year of the FBI's investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Democratic demolition derby Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE

The FBI director is also facing pressure to reveal whether or not there is any truth to the president's claims that Trump Tower was "wiretapped" by President Obama in 2016.