Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

James Comey to Testify Before House Committee

James Comey to Testify Before House Committee

Former FBI Director James Comey delivered some wry pushback against President Donald Trump as he arrived on Capitol Hill Friday to get grilled in private by the House Judiciary Committee.

Comey was asked by members of the two committees why he reopened an investigation shortly before the 2016 presidential election into emails sent by Clinton on a private server when she was secretary of state.

The Republican-led inquiry has been lambasted by Democrats as a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Republican lawmakers maintain that anti-Trump bias among senior officials resulted in the FBI focusing more on its probe into the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation and less on its investigation into Democratic candidate Clinton's private email server.

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"So, I'm not sure we can do this at all", Comey said. Republicans, such as Darrell Issa, said that Comey was repeatedly directed by an attorney from the Department of Justice, who was present for the hearing, not to answer certain questions.

Speaking to reporters after he stepped out of the committee's closed-door interview with former FBI Director James Comey on Friday, Nadler was asked if he plans to end the probe when he takes over as committee chair in January.

Comey has appeared before lawmakers on Capitol Hill to answer questions-both publicly and privately-at least five times since 2016. Under a deal struck with the House Judiciary Committee, he can speak afterward and a transcript will be released. Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Trump as they started the investigation and cleared Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.

"This is a waste of time to start with", Nadler said. "But I'm trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way".

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Over the a year ago, Republicans on the Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform panels have brought in a series of officials and said after the closed-door meetings that there is evidence of bias.

Trump took to Twitter to slam his former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

"The Senate could continue to investigate it, even if the Democrats won't investigate it in the House". "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast dispersion on the real investigation (by) Robert Mueller".

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

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A transcript of Comey's sit down with Congress is expected to be released in the next 24 hours.

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