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Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

"Yes, [I will end it] because it is a waste of time to start with", Nadler told reporters after momentarily stepping outside the closed-door hearing of fired FBI Director James Comey.

Comey also explained that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked him not to discuss certain aspects of the Russian Federation probe, since it's still ongoing, but that it was not a large part of the interview on Friday.

Issa said Comey has two attorneys, including one from the DOJ, who have "instructed" the former FBI director not to answer "a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation".

And Comey's lawyer recently explained that his client did not want his words to be "twisted" by Republicans, which appears to be exactly what Trump has done. Fittingly, a GOP member of the committee spoke to the media afterwards about how Comey wouldn't answer questions, at the direction of legal counsel. Comey had previously expressed displeasure over this idea, fearing "selective leaking" by Republicans.

A key focus of questioning from lawmakers, Fox News is told, was Comey's decision to draft the 2016 statement recommending against filing criminal charges in the Clinton email probe before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, as well as the alleged political bias demonstrated in a slew of text messages and leaks by top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

Issa suggested the committee might bring Comey back because he wasn't answering questions.

Comey was on the Hill after backing down in his effort to fight a subpoena to force him to testify.

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

"That's a very teeny part of what we talked about - a whole lot of Hillary Clinton emails, which will bore you", he said. The investigation's most public day was a 10-hour hearing in which former FBI special agent Peter Strzok defended anti-Trump texts he sent to a colleague as he helped lead both investigations.

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.

"You're going to be displeased and maybe a little surprised by the answers", Issa said on Fox News following the Capitol Hill press gaggle.

After the court fight was resolved, Goodlatte said a transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

A Justice Department watchdog report released in June said Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Clinton email investigation in the explosive final months of the 2016 campaign. 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.


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