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

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

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey arrives at the Rayburn House Office Building before testifying to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Capitol Hill on December 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.

In October 2017, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced a joint investigation into decisions made by the agencies in 2016. California Rep. Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department.

Comey, who was subpoenaed, spoke to the GOP-led House judiciary and oversight and government reform committees for almost seven hours behind closed doors, later telling reporters that they were "talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sakes". "So I'm not sure we need to do this at all".

Comey said that by the time of his firing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not come to a conclusion about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia's efforts to sway the presidential election.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he plans to shut down the GOP inquiry once he becomes chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"This is a waste of time to start with", Nadler said. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation, which is Mueller".

A transcript of the interview "will bore you", Comey said after the six-hour interview with two House committees.

Comey was questioned as part of a Republican-led House inquiry into possible Russian interference in the USA election, and email use by Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016.

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Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Trump as they started the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate investigation into her email use. Comey was accused in the report of making a serious error in judgment by sending the letter to lawmakers that was he reopening the email investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to lead a Russian Federation probe after Comey's firing.

"Note that I smiled", Comey said.

"I don't think it's justified, but it's to be expected", McCarthy said.

Comey, according to Issa, also appeared to be gleeful about following those instructions.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a review of the email investigation on June 14.

"The Department of Justice is going to have to agree to allow him to come back and answer a great many questions that now he is not answering", Issa added. Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration.

President Trump has often fumed that Strzok, Page, Comey and Clinton are not the focus of an investigation.


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