Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Posted December 08, 2018

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

Comey will appear for the interview Friday after fighting a subpoena in court.

Such hearings may not continue after the new year: with Democrats taking back control of the House, would-be incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Friday he will end the GOP inquiry into DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation actions during the 2016 election, calling it a waste of time.

Apparently Trump thinks that even a 50% approval rating is low for him, claiming via Twitter, that it would instead be at 75% if it wasn't for the "phony Russia Witch Hunt". They said questions from the judiciary committee Republicans were merely distractions from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. So far, more than 30 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in Mueller's investigation.

"It's a waste of time to start with and there's nothing", said Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

"The entire objective of this investigation is to be a diversion of the real investigation, which is Mueller".

Comey had resisted answering questions privately, but struck a deal with Republicans that will see a transcript of the testimony published 24 hours after his interview.

After the questioning was underway, some Republicans signaled they were unhappy with Comey's level of cooperation.

Comey's testimony will likely be one of the last sessions conducted by the judiciary and oversight panels this year.

Democrats had much different takes on Capitol Hill this morning, telling the press that the closed door meeting with Comey is unnecessary and clearly a ploy to disrupt special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

After Friday's session concluded, the president tore into Comey amid reports Comey's lawyers, including one from the Justice Department, have prevented him from answering a number of questions. Two other Republicans, Reps.

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. Bob Goodlatte, decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control. 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.

Comey was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation until Trump dismissed him on May 9, 2017.