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Week in politics: Latest on Comey testimony, Gorsuch confirmation hearings underway and exploring the ‘deep state’

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FBI Director James Comey looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

FBI director James Comey and National Security Administration director Adm. Michael S. Rodgers are both testifying on Capitol Hill today before the House Select Intelligence Committee discussing possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey has confirmed that the FBI is holding a formal inquiry into possible connections between the Russians and Trump campaign and has also stated that neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice has any information that corroborates President Trump’s claims that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before his victory.

Also being grilled on the Hill today is Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. The meat of the hearings will begin tomorrow as Judge Gorsuch is expected to face a stiff line of questioning from Democrats about his qualifications and views on a number of highly-charged issues. Gorsuch will need 60 votes to be confirmed for the seat formerly occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Two of our regular political experts join us today to round up the hearings on Capitol Hill, look ahead to the week in politics, plus we’ll explore a little bit about the ‘deep state’ -- what it is, why it keeps popping up in the news, and why you should care.

Guests:

Toluse Olorunnipa, White House reporter for Bloomberg; he tweets @ToluseO

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; he was an adviser for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen

Lynn Vavreck, professor of political science at UCLA; she tweets @vavreck


 
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