Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

Expect two diverging stories to emerge after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's interview, Comey's lawyer suggested in an interview on MSNBC - one from Comey's camp, another from House Republicans.

The committee subpoenaed Comey last month to testify about investigations into the Donald Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation and Hillary Clinton's emails. He also gave a wry answer when asked if he is "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted.

"We want to know what he knew and when he knew it", Issa said of Comey. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared to be most frustrated, explaining to the press that Comey came with two attorneys, one of whom has instructed his client to answer very few questions.

The committee is expected to release a transcript of the Comey interview as early as Saturday. He argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview.

"When you read the transcript, you will see we are talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sake, so I'm not sure we need to do this at all, but I'm trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way", Comey told reporters.

President Trump has dismissed Mueller's Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt".

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He also complained that Comey's lawyers were preventing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief from answering some questions from lawmakers. The investigation's most public moment was a 10-hour hearing in which former FBI special agent Peter Strzok defended anti-Trump texts he sent to a colleague as he helped lead both investigations.

Fox News is told the second session with Comey could come December 17.

Committee lawyers fought back at Comey's "grandiose" arguments, saying he wanted to 'dictate the terms of his appearance by demanding a public hearing'.

Both Goodlatte and Issa are retiring at the end of this session, with Issa having been nominated in September for a post in Trump's Trade and Development Agency.

A report released this June from the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Clinton email investigation in the final months of the 2016 campaign. Yet it did not second-guess his conclusion that Clinton should not have been prosecuted, despite assertions by Trump and his supporters that anyone less politically connected would have been charged.

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