James Comey testifies in closed-door session with House judiciary committee
07 December 2018, 10:43 | Devin Moran
President Donald Trump
Congress is investigating how FBI and DOJ handled the Hillary Clinton and Russian Federation probes and, as you can imagine, Comey was one of the top witnesses on their list.
Republicans will also focus on alleged political bias by Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and potential FISA court abuses.
Comey had refused to testify in private, but reached a deal with House Republicans to release a transcript of the interview within 24-hours.
Trump began his morning with a Twitter tirade where he attacked Mueller, using his professional relationship with Comey to kick it off. President Trump's campaign chairman, top campaign aide, former national security advisor and longtime personal attorney are all cooperating in the inquiry, which the president calls a "witch hunt".
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. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who sits on the House Freedom Caucus with Meadows, thinks Rosenstein needs to explain a controversial New York Times report that suggested he had secretly recorded President Trump in the White House. They have also urged their Republican counterparts to shield Mueller from any attempts by Trump or his newly-appointed acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to impede the investigation.
House Republicans have faced criticism - even from GOP Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, who is co-leading the effort - throughout their probe for breaking confidentiality agreements and selectively leaking portions of witnesses' answers that are often misleading without proper context.
Walking into the meeting, Comey said he might answer questions in public after the session.
The interview comes as GOP lawmakers wrap up a yearlong investigation into decisions made at the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. 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.
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