If you missed it, you should go back and peruse Katie's coverage of today's House Intelligence Committee hearing, at which FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers faced hours of questions from lawmakers.
Republicans generally focused on the national security leak aspect of this controversy, while Democrats mostly stuck to Russia's actions and President Trump's provocative claims.
As someone who is both (a) genuinely concerned about a foreign adversary's efforts to interfere in an American election, and (b) disturbed by politically-motivated leaks of classified national security material, I was interested to hear the questions from members on both sides of the aisle, and the responses they elicited.
Because there has been so much hysteria, speculation and extrapolation in connection to this saga, trying to stick to actual facts can be a challenge. Monday's proceedings helped clarify, establish, and re-establish some important points:
(1) There is absolutely no evidence that the Russians "hacked the election" by altering any vote totals. Using that term, and promulgating the resulting implication, is irresponsible.
And lest you think that this is a trivial point, I'd remind you that a decidedly non-trivial number of Americans believe that this form of direct tampering took place.
It's a baseless conspiracy: