Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Marsha Scott
December 9, 2018

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director dropped his opposition to a closed-door hearing on December 2 after members of the Judiciary Committee panel agreed to provide a full transcript within 24 hours and said he would be permitted to make it public.

"One of the disappointments of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that Congress doesn't have a right to know", Issa said.

The House Judiciary Committee made the document public on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and Trump's campaign. "The details of what's going on in there will remain private until after the deposition..."

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that Comey was apparently told by Justice Department attorneys not to answer some questions.

"After a full day of questioning a few things are clear to me".

Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.

On Twitter, President Trump decried what he called "total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration". "So it's both a can't and a won't", Comey replied. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast dispersion on the real investigation (by) Robert Mueller. There is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any of this other nonsense".

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Comey was on the Hill after backing down in his effort to fight a subpoena to force him to testify.

Mr Trump tweeted: "Robert Mueller and Leakin' Lyin' James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest".

According to a statement from Gowdy's Office, Comey answered "I don't remember" 71 times, "I don't know" 166 times and "I don't recall" eight times.

Comey resisted the calls to appear for a hearing while insisting that it be made public.

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.

A report released this June from the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Clinton email investigation in the final months of the 2016 campaign.

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