Sunday, 16 December, 2018

James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

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Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2018, 19:57

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying Friday before members of Congress behind closed doors, setting the stage for him to spar with Republicans who have investigated the agency's probes into Hillary Clinton's private email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Comey initially resisted the subpoena from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), saying he wanted a public hearing. Under a deal struck with the House's judiciary committee, he will be free to speak about the questioning afterward and a transcript will be released.

"I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions".

Citing a recent poll published by Rasmussen Reports that claims Trump's approval is now at 50%, Trump suggested that it would be half as much higher if it were not for the investigation into Russian election interference led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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.

The hearings will likely be the last chance GOP legislators have to question Comey, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. He had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview.

"This is a total and complete waste of time", Jeffries said. 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. Yet it did not second-guess his conclusion that Clinton should not have been prosecuted, despite assertions by Trump and his supporters that anyone less politically connected would have been charged.