Comey Says House Committees Mostly Asked About Clinton Email Probe

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Ex-FBI director James Comey meeting with House committee behind closed doors
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09 December, 2018

Even while the questioning was still underway, GOP lawmakers were telling reporters that "they weren't satisfied and might try to bring him back another day", the AP reported.

Although Comey initially battled with the interview, he agreed to sit down with legislators under one condition: that transcripts of the conversation were made public within 24 hours.

Comey resisted, arguing the GOP-led investigation in the decision-making by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017 was politically motivated.

The transcript reveals lawmakers' frustration with his lack of specifics.

Comey was on the Hill after backing down in his effort to fight a subpoena to force him to testify. Strzok, who was involved in the special counsel investigation, was removed after anti-Trump texts between Strzok and Page came to light.

"Did we have evidence in July of (2016) that anyone in the Trump campaign conspired to hack the DNC server?"

Lawmakers have voiced their displeasure with Comey, saying in his meeting, he failed to answer key questions. "And I worry that that would cross that line".

When asked why they did not want Comey to testify in public as he requested, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who will be taking part in the questioning, said they often discuss classified intelligence.

"Probably a combination of both. So it's both a can't and a won't", Comey replied.

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

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said as he walked into the Comey interview that he will end the investigation when he is expected to take over the panel in January.

Comey also claimed not to know key details surrounding the involvement of Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the dossier. Walking into the meeting, Comey said he might answer questions afterward.

When asked what types of questions the fired FBI director was evading, Issa said: "In broad-brush strokes, everything related to Hillary's investigation, everything related to how they got on to it and what their process was, everything related to the FISA warrants and the fake dossier - broadly those are the areas in which, time and time and time again, he's not answering".

Democrats, who will also attend the interview, have said the GOP investigation is merely a way to distract from and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Comey has been under fire for using his personal Gmail for government business - while investigating Clinton for her private email misuse.

Comey, who has testified publicly on Capitol Hill about both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations, balked at the subpoena because he said committees were prone to selectively reveal information for political purposes.


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