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

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2018

But unlike all previous witnesses who interviewed with the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members for their probe into potential bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in 2016, Comey will not be bound to silence by a confidentiality agreement after the meeting.

NY congressman Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the judiciary panel, said as he walked into the Comey interview that he will end this investigation when Democrats take the House majority in January.

Republicans will also focus on alleged political bias by Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and potential FISA court abuses.

Former FBI Director James Comey is appearing before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee today.

Comey had refused to testify in private, but reached a deal with House Republicans to release a transcript of the interview within 24-hours.

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. 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".

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This comes as the special counsel gears up to file documents on key players in the probe.

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.

Comey was in charge of both of those investigations. It is the first time he has answered lawmakers' questions since an explosive June 2016 hearing in which he asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

Nadler will become judiciary committee chair once the Democrats take over the House in January, and he had a straight answer as to what will become of the congressional investigation. He had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview.

Comey had originally demanded that any interview before the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members be conducted in public to avoid selective leaks. Both Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight panel, are also retiring at the end of the year. 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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