US lawmakers plan March 20 hearing on Russia probe

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A US House of Representatives committee will hold a first public hearing on March 20 in its ongoing investigation into claims that Russia meddled with the US presidential election.

Invited witnesses so far include FBI director James Comey, National Security Agency director Michael Rogers, former acting attorney general Sally Yates and ex-CIA director James Brennan, according to an announcement on Tuesday from Devin Nunes, who hails from California and chairs the House’s intelligence committee.

The purpose of the hearing, he said, will be to “get as many of the facts as possible” on reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin personally ordered a multi-part “influence campaign” to undermine faith in US democracy and scuttle the presidential bid of Hillary Clinton.

March 20, a Monday, is already looking to be a busy day for national politics, with a hearing set to open the same day before a US Senate committee for President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

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