Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors

Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors

Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors

His tweets came amidst investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and collusion with the Trump campaign.

After the hearing Friday, Comey questioned the effectiveness of the questioning. They said questions from the judiciary committee Republicans were merely distractions from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

"Going forward, I will be advocating for full, open public hearings on issues of this magnitude", Krishnamoorthi said.

Comey was also fuzzy on the eventual Democratic funding of the research that went into the controversial and unverified anti-Trump dossier.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he will end the investigation when Democrats become the majority in the new session beginning January 3. This is a term that he began using shortly after Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives in November.

"This is a waste of time to start with", Nadler said.

The transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door meeting with lawmakers is out and in it are some interesting nuggets. "There will be short-term damage, which worries me a great deal, but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions".

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Comey was in charge of both of those investigations. He called it "a waste of time to start with" and said the "entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation which is Mueller".

Asked when he learned that the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, was hired by law firm Perkins Coie - and when he learned that law firm was hired by the Democratic National Committee - Comey said "I never learned that" while director.

The U.S. president early Friday continued his social media assault on the actions the past two years of Comey, Mueller and what Trump perceives as unfair investigations. California Rep. Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department.

Citing a poll that has in the past given him more generous numbers than others have, President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that he'd have an even higher approval rating were it not for the Russian Federation investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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

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.

Comey was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation until Trump dismissed him on May 9, 2017.

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