Senior U.S. intelligence officials will testify Thursday at a Senate hearing focusing on accusations that Russian cyberattacks were conducted to influence the U.S. presidential election on behalf of President-elect Donald Trump.
The Armed Services Committee hearing will feature James Clapper, the national intelligence director; Marcel Lettre, the under secretary of defense for intelligence; and National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers. The U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian hacked Democratic email accounts and then provided the information to Wikileaks through a third party led President Obama to order sanctions including the expulsion of 35 Russian “intelligence operatives" from the U.S.
Russia has denied any involvement in the hacking, accusing the Obama administration of attempting to disrupt U.S.-Russian relations. Wikileaks founder Julian Julian Assange has denied the information came from Russia, telling Fox News a "14-year-old" could have hacked into former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails.
Trump is scheduled to be briefed on the cyber attack investigation Friday. He has resolutely dismissed the intelligence community's claims.
"The 'intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" the president-elect tweeted Tuesday.