Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, opened Monday’s bombshell hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election by warning that if it happened once, it can happen again.
“Only by understanding what the Russians did can we inoculate ourselves from the further Russian interference we know is coming,” he said.
Roughly three hours into the hearing, FBI Director James Comey agreed with him.
“They’ll be back,” Comey said of the Russian government. “They’ll be back in 2020, they may be back in 2018, and one of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and our democratic process.”
It is possible they’re misreading that as it worked, and so we’ll come back and hit them again in 2020. I don’t know,” he continued. “But we have to assume they’re coming back.”
Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.