Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

He gave a wry answer when asked if he was "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted. 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.

It a series of tweets early Friday, the president blasted Comey and the Mueller probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 USA national election.

Comey had refused to testify in private, but reached a deal with House Republicans to release a transcript of the interview within 24-hours. They argued that a closed hearing was 'abusive to witnesses'.

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

Comey buckled over the weekend, announcing he would appear following assurances that a full transcript would get released and he could speak about what he had testified.

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. Comey was in charge of both investigations. Trump, in turn, has tried to pick up GOP findings of Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct to discredit the Mueller probe of Russian election interference in 2016 and any collusion with Trump associates.

In addition to Comey's ouster four years into a 10-year term, Trump helped orchestrate the removal from the bureau of Andrew McCabe, who was interim director when Comey was sacked.

Weeks later, Comey arranged for a memo on a private meeting with the president to be leaked to the press, claiming Trump asked him to curtail the FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Gowdy (R-S.C.), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Oversight Committee, said lawmakers want to ask Comey about "everything" that occurred at the bureau under his watch, including the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the impetus for the Russian Federation probe and alleged FISA abuse.

They will take over the panel in January, having won control of Congress. "But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".

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