House GOP grills former FBI chief Comey behind closed doors

House GOP grills former FBI chief Comey behind closed doors

House GOP grills former FBI chief Comey behind closed doors

"It is being reported that Leakin' James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions".

House Republicans are preparing to interview James Comey behind closed doors, hauling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to Capitol Hill one final time before they cede power to Democrats in January.

Republican lawmakers who stepped outside while the questioning was underway indicated they weren't satisfied and might try to bring him back another day.

So far, it doesn't seem like they're getting very far, and according Issa, Comey isn't too broken up about it.

Comey is scheduled to make another appearance on Capitol Hill on December 17 to continue his interview.

Comey was in charge of both of those investigations.

In their filing, Comey's attorneys argued the subpoena to testify privately violated House rules, "harasses the witness", had no "legitimate objective", and that it "wreaks of political theater".

Under the deal struck with the Judiciary Committee, Comey was to be free to speak about Friday's questioning and a transcript was to be released soon afterward.

"And then what gets done with it at that point, we'll see", McCarthy said. Comey had previously expressed displeasure over this idea, fearing "selective leaking" by Republicans.

Trump said that the latest Rasmussen reports showed that his approval rating at 50 per cent.

Comey also told investigators that the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation was not instigated by the so-called Steele dossier, an intelligence report by former British spy Christopher Steele that makes unverified allegations against Trump.

Mr Mueller faces court deadlines in two pivotal cases on Friday, and ex-FBI Director James Comey is set to appear before politicians on Capitol Hill.

Flynn, who was indicted for lying to investigators, has been cooperating with Mueller's probe.

Comey's lawyers, one of whom is from the U.S. Department of Justice, is telling him not to answer "a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation", Issa said. California Rep. Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department.

Attorneys for the Judiciary Committee argued for a closed-door meeting, not because of classified information, but because the committee believed House rules allowed it, the subject matter was of importance to the country and a private session would be conducted quicker than a public one. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ... there is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the FBI or any of this other nonsense". Democrats and Comey rebuked that claim, instead saying there were only a handful of questions that he could not answer because of ongoing criminal investigations.

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