Comey testifies at House hearing he calls 'desperate' attack on investigators

Comey testifies at House hearing he calls 'desperate' attack on investigators

Comey testifies at House hearing he calls 'desperate' attack on investigators

House Republicans have argued that Comey was biased against Trump because the FBI cleared Clinton, the former secretary of state who was Trump's rival in the 2016 election, in a probe into her use of a private email server, but pressed ahead with its investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the election.

Comey appeared for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court.

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

Comey (shown above left) has been a main person of interest since the beginning, for his involvement in a key investigation and his public comments.

Trump also appeared dissatisfied with the testimony.

Under a deal struck with the Judiciary Committee, Comey was to be free to speak about Friday's questioning afterward and a transcript was to be released. "The Senate could continue to investigate it, even if the Democrats won't investigate it in the House".

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. "But I'm trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way".

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Comey was in charge of both of those investigations. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation, which is Mueller".

The former FBI director went on to say that anything related to Mueller's investigation, to his understanding, would be "off limits" as it is an ongoing investigation.

"The president's attacks on the Justice Department broadly and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are something that - no matter what political party you're in - you should find deeply troubling", Comey said.

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.

The Republican chairman of the House's judiciary committee, Virginia Rep. While such closed-door interviews often extend late into the night, lawmakers said Friday that the interview would end in the afternoon because of scheduling issues.

Goodlatte said the transcript will be released to the public as soon as possible after the interview December 2. 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.

In addition to Comey's ouster four years into a 10-year term, Trump helped orchestrate the removal from the bureau of Andrew McCabe, who was interim director when Comey was sacked.

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