The Senate Intelligence panel’s hearing on Wednesday into the Russia probe will focus on what President Donald Trump knew about the probe, how it happened, and what the president’s response should be to the news.
But the hearing will also include a broad range of topics, including the possible obstruction of justice for Trump by James Comey and the possible involvement of former Trump campaign aides, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Russian government agents.
There are several topics that could come up during the hearing: Trump’s decision to fire James Comey; the investigation into the firing of former FBI Director Robert Mueller; the extent to which Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and whether any obstruction of Justice is warranted.
Here are five key takeaways from the hearing.
Comey Fired James Comey, former FBI director, for being “weak” and “out of control” and for being a “political hack” who lied about his interactions with Trump.
According to Trump, Comey had leaked classified information to the press and that he had been fired because he wasn’t doing a good job at the FBI.
Trump said that he fired Comey because he had gotten rid of a “showboat” named Jim Comey.
Trump’s initial firing of Comey sparked a political firestorm in Washington and the media.
There have been numerous investigations into the Russian interference in the presidential election and whether Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome.
Trump has accused President Barack Obama of trying to impede the Russia investigation and suggested that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who had been leading the investigation, was fired because of his actions during the probe.
McCabe has denied any collusion with Russia and called Trump’s claim “nonsense.”
Trump has also called on the special counsel to investigate himself, and he has also suggested that he will seek to appoint a special counsel who is independent from the Justice Department and a member of the Republican Party.
Trump Has Been Insistent About the FBI’s Role in the Russia Investigation Trump has made it clear that he wants to see the investigation thoroughly investigated and that it should be the job of the FBI to provide the facts, not the White House, and that no matter what he does, he will be held accountable.
During the hearing, Trump also reiterated his call for the Justice and FBI departments to recuse themselves from the investigation.
He said that “a special counsel is going to be appointed that will have a very, very strong, independent opinion, and I will be very upset if that’s not the case.”
Trump also told the senators he wanted to see a special prosecutor appointed to look into the obstruction of the Russia-related investigation and said that if that happened, “we’re not going to see an indictment.”
The President said that the special prosecutor would have to have prosecutorial powers, and if they weren’t there, he was confident that the Russia matter would be handled by the Justice department.
If the special-prosecutor investigation is to proceed as planned, the special probe would likely take a year or more.
Trump also said that Trump would like to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign.
Sessions had recused himself from the Russia inquiry after reports that he met twice with Kislyak and had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
Sessions said that during his confirmation hearings, he had met with Kislyak once, but he was asked about his meetings with the ambassador and said “no.”
Sessions said at that point, he did not recall the meeting and he did tell his Senate counterpart, Al Franken, that he did “not recall any conversations with the Russians.”
Sessions has denied that he ever met with the Kislyak, and has said that when he did meet with the diplomat, he “did not discuss sanctions or our relationship with Russia.”
Trump said he would like Sessions to resign and he said that it would be a great move for the country if Sessions resigned, saying that “the President is a winner and he will not tolerate any misconduct from anybody in any role, including a special investigator.”
Trump told the Senate that Sessions was “very loyal” to him and that “he was very loyal to the President, and the President is very loyal.”
Trump suggested that Sessions might have recused herself because he was involved in the investigation and because he might have been “trying to obstruct the investigation.”
Sessions and Flynn Have Accused the FBI of Being “Political Hack” Trump and Flynn have accused the FBI and the Justice Dept. of being “political hacks” because they have criticized the president, who they say was influenced by Russia.
The two men have also called for investigations into whether the president committed obstruction of Congress by firing Comey and whether there is any collusion between the president and Russia.
Flynn also has said he has proof that the Russian government has a deep pocket and that the FBI was willing to give it to the Trump administration.
Flynn told the FBI in a closed-door meeting that the Trump transition team had been told by Russian intelligence that Trump had asked for the Russia sanctions