Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

In the back and forth between Comey and GOP lawmakers, at one point Comey was pressed to define the word "collusion, ' which has become a central flashpoint of the Russian Federation investigation".

Florida Rep. Ted Deutsch said the Republican majority "wishes to only ask questions still about Hillary Clinton's emails, all to distract from the big news today, which is what's happening in court". "So it's hard to reconcile that with his being on Team Clinton", Comey added.

Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the committees.

"On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn't know, didn't recall, or couldn't remember things when asked". That termination led to Robert Mueller's appointment.

Because there were no television cameras, the transcript is the only way to get a bead on what was said in the interview, which was not under oath, but where Comey was bluntly warned to be truthful. He has praised former Justice Department official Sally Yates for defying an executive order and reportedly attended then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night party, leading conservative critics to allege a bias against President Trump.

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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. He elaborated during the testimony: "I admire the heck out of the man, but I don't know his phone number, I've never been to his house, I don't know his children's names. All lies!" Trump tweeted. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans and the Russian interference effort", Comey told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, (R-SC).

"As the special counsel's investigation appears to be closing in on the president and his associates, our Republican colleagues seem intent on spending their final days in power attempting to provide cover to President Trump and attempting to re-litigate the Department of Justice's decision not to prosecute Secretary Clinton", the Democrats said. After his appearance, he was criticised by Rep. Jim Jordan for allegedly answering "I don't know" to numerous questions.

Eventually Comey agreed to a closed-door hearing on the condition that a transcript be made public afterward. Baker told lawmakers he believed that the President had fired Comey because Trump was trying to obstruct the FBI's investigation into the Russian Federation matter, and that belief was shared by McCabe. 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.

"The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersion on the real investigation, which is Mueller", Nadler told reporters outside Comey's testimony. Comey was advised by Cecelia Bessee, an attorney representing the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) about the overall Russian Federation probe, Comey indicated that he sees things differently than many.

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