James Comey to Testify Before House Committee

Posted December 08, 2018

They will also ask him about his decision to not file criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server before she was even interviewed.

Former FBI director James Comey, sacked by President Donald Trump in 2017, testified Friday (Dec 7) before United States lawmakers for the first time in over a year, but this time out of the camera glare.

Comey, who spent Friday testifying before House lawmakers, told reporters his return visit will likely come the "week after next".

Committee lawyers fought back at Comey's "grandiose" arguments, saying he wanted to 'dictate the terms of his appearance by demanding a public hearing'.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the "phony" Russian investigation is a "witch hunt" and a presidential harassment without which his approval ratings would have been 75 per cent.

This comes as the special counsel gears up to file documents on key players in the probe. So far, more than 30 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in Mueller's investigation.

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"It's a waste of time to start with", Rep. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation which is Mueller".

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. He had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview.

Comey was on the Hill after backing down in his effort to fight a subpoena to force him to testify. He also gave a wry answer when asked if he is "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted.

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.

Gowdy and House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte threw cold water on that proposal, arguing that previous public hearings with witnesses, like one with former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok this past summer, were a political farce as members from both parties used the high-profile nature of the interview to grandstand.

Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.

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The Republican chairman of the House's judiciary committee, Virginia Rep.

Fox News is told the second session with Comey could come December 17.

"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.

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.

The report said the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who announced in July 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, repeatedly departed from normal Justice Department protocol.

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