Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors

Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors

Comey, who appeared under subpoena, announced after the meeting that he would return for more questioning December 17.

"Two things were clear to me: We could have done this in open setting and, two, when you read the transcript you'll see that we were talking about Hillary Clinton's emails, for Heaven's sake, so I'm not sure we needed to do this at all", he said.

"He answered the questions he had to answer", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared to be most frustrated, explaining to the press that Comey came with two attorneys, one of whom has instructed his client to answer very few questions.

Mueller was to reveal more details about his Russian Federation investigation in court on Friday as he faced deadlines in the cases of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

The Democrats are advocating for Comey to give public testimony, but critics note that only gives each lawmaker 5-minute intervals to ask questions. "There is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any of this other nonsense".

Comey has appeared before lawmakers on Capitol Hill to answer questions-both publicly and privately-at least five times since 2016.

Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Trump as they started the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate investigation into her email use. President Trump's campaign chairman, top campaign aide, former national security advisor and longtime personal attorney are all cooperating in the inquiry, which the president calls a "witch hunt". Fittingly, a GOP member of the committee spoke to the media afterwards about how Comey wouldn't answer questions, at the direction of legal counsel.

Nadler will become judiciary committee chair once the Democrats take over the House in January, and he had a straight answer as to what will become of the congressional investigation.

But Comey relented to the closed-door interview after gaining a promise that a transcript of the session would be released to the public after 24 hours.

He added that the Justice Department inspector general's investigation into these matters is looming over all of this.

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