Comey Says House Committees Mostly Asked About Clinton Email Probe
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 08, 2018,
Dec 08, 2018, 0:51
Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. House Republicans are expected to grill him on his agency's actions during the 2016 campaign, and his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of her e-mails.
The questions that are being asked at the hearing, which is expected to run through Friday afternoon, reportedly have to do with issues including reportedly political bias of Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, Comey's statement recommending no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, and how he allegedly wrote it before Clinton was interviewed, flexibility that the Justice Department reportedly had with regards to Clinton's advisers, and possibly also concerns that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system.
"Why "Mr. Transparency" wants to go back to a setting where he knows he can not answer the questions is befuddling to me, and I don't think my fellow citizens buy that", Gowdy said.
Comey answered questions for a few minutes, but was unable to comment on several issues because, as he explained, the FBI doesn't want him divulging details related to ongoing investigations.
Former FBI Director James Comey said he will return for more questioning on Capitol Hill later this month, as President Trump ripped into him for apparently declining to answer certain questions on the advice of his attorneys during Friday's closed-door session.
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.
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House Republicans have faced criticism - even from GOP Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, who is co-leading the effort - throughout their probe for breaking confidentiality agreements and selectively leaking portions of witnesses' answers that are often misleading without proper context.
Comey was questioned as part of a Republican-led House inquiry into possible Russian interference in the USA election, and email use by Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016.
"I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions".
Issa suggested the committee might bring Comey back because he wasn't answering questions. Two other Republicans, Reps.
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". A total Witch Hunt, ' the president tweeted at 6:18 a.m.
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. 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.