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FBI Lawyer Prevents 'Evasive' Comey From Answering GOP's Questions

09 December 2018

Asked about Steele's subsequent contact with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, Comey said, "I don't know anything about that".

Former FBI Director James Comey spent several hours behind closed doors during a hearing on Friday - only to leave Republicans frustrated by his lack of cooperation.

President Trump has often fumed that Strzok, Page, Comey and Clinton are not the focus of an investigation.

Comey said he will be back at the Capitol for another closed-door interview the week of December 17. Comey was accused in the report of making a serious error in judgment by sending the letter to lawmakers that was he reopening the email investigation.

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But Comey also used the occasion to take aim at Trump's public barbs at the criminal justice system, saying "we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president", and Trump's suggestion that it should be a crime for subjects to "flip" and cooperate with investigators. The committee agreed to give the transcript to Comey within 24 hours. Walking into the meeting, Comey said he might answer questions afterward.

Prior to Friday's closed-door session, Comey said he would agree to testify publicly but did not want to do so privately for fear of Republicans's "selective leaking and distortion".

When he was asked on his way into the meeting room about Trump's assertion that he is best friends with Mueller, Comey said: "Note that I smiled".

Congressman Darrell Issa said he wanted answers about what he called the "fake dossier", a 2016 intelligence report including opposition research that alleges misconduct and ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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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.

But while Comey insisted in the interview that "we never investigated the Trump campaign for political purposes", the transcript shows he claimed ignorance or memory lapses in response to questions concerning key details and events in the Russian Federation investigation, which some GOP lawmakers continue to claim was improperly conducted.

The transcript was released under an agreement with Comey, who challenged a subpoena from the committee in court and pressed for an open hearing out of concerns his comments would be selectively leaked.

"So, I'm not sure we can do this at all", Comey said. The hearing Friday represented an effort by House Republicans allied with President Trump to pin him down on issues important to them before Democrats take control of the majority in January.

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A House committee has released a transcript of its closed-door interview of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation, which is Mueller".

FBI Lawyer Prevents 'Evasive' Comey From Answering GOP's Questions