Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Dec 08, 2018, 00:53
Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Fired FBI Director James Comey is on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

It a series of tweets early Friday, the president blasted Comey and the Mueller probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 USA national election.

Democrats have said the investigations by the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are merely a way to distract from and undermine the special counsel's Russian Federation probe. He gave a wry answer when asked if he was "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted.

When asked why they did not want Comey to testify in public as he requested, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who will be taking part in the questioning, said they often discuss classified intelligence.

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But unlike all previous witnesses who interviewed with the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members for their probe into potential bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in 2016, Comey will not be bound to silence by a confidentiality agreement after the meeting. Comey had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details and mischaracterize the proceedings.

A key focus of questioning from lawmakers, Fox News is told, was Comey's decision to draft the 2016 statement recommending against filing criminal charges in the Clinton email probe before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, as well as the alleged political bias demonstrated in a slew of text messages and leaks by top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials. "Force him to answer the questions under oath!"

Issa said that Comey should not be allowed to get away with leaving it at that. Two other Republicans, Reps.

"When you read the transcript, you will see we are talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sake, so I'm not sure we need to do this at all, but I'm trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way", Comey told reporters.

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Trump has repeatedly called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" and has accused Comey and his close colleagues of being corrupt. The investigation's most public moment was a 10-hour hearing in which former FBI special agent Peter Strzok defended anti-Trump texts he sent to a colleague as he helped lead both investigations.

Gowdy told Fox News Thursday that the request to interview Comey is not political, but rather a natural extension of Congress' oversight responsibility over the justice system's extraordinary powers.

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte, decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control. But it also found there was no evidence that Comey's or the department's final conclusions were motivated by political bias toward either candidate.

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