2016 ELECTION/FBI/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA: “The Senate intelligence committee opened its first public hearing on Russian meddling in the US election Thursday with calls for nonpartisanship, a clear reference to the infighting that has stalled the House probe.
‘The vice chairman and I realize that if we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail,’ Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in his opening remarks. ‘The public deserves to hear the truth about possible Russian involvement in our elections, how they came to be involved, how we may have failed to prevent that involvement, what actions were taken in response, if any, and what we plan to do to ensure the integrity of future free elections at the heart of our democracy.’
There’s little chance that Thursday’s hearing will be as explosive as the House intelligence committee’s first public hearing last week, which started off with FBI Director James Comey confirming the FBI is investigating possible coordination between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials and included Trump himself fighting back during the hearing on Twitter.”
-Tom LoBianco, “Senate Russia hearing: ‘If we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 30, 2017 11:13am