The Russia Connection

Watch Today's Senate and House Intelligence Hearings on Russian Interference in U.S. Election

By Jane Chong
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:45 AM

This morning the House and Senate Intelligence Committees will hold overlapping hearings on Russian interference in our election, with a focus on threats and activities affecting our election infrastructure.

At 9:30 a.m. the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to question two panels of experts on the subject of state and local election systems hacks. You can watch the Senate hearing live on C-SPAN and all prepared statements are available here. Witnesses on the first panel are Dr. Samuel Liles (DHS Acting Director of Cyber Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis); Jeanette Manfra (DHS Acting Director of Undersecretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate); and Bill Priestap (FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division). The second panel will feature Michael Haas (Midwest Regional Representative of the National Association of State Election Directors); Dr. J. Alex Halderman (Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan); Connie Lawson (President-Elect of National Association of Secretaries of State and the Secretary of State of Indiana); and Steve Sandvoss (Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections). Also see here for ranking member Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA)'s letter yesterday to current DHS Secretary John Kelly urging him to disclose fuller information on foreign attempts to hack into our election systems.

At 10 a.m. former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson will be testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on what DHS knew about Russian cyberattack on election infrastructure in the lead-up to the election. The livestream is available here and below, and you can read Johnson's prepared statement in full.