Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress


Former FBI Director James Comey arrived on Capitol Hill Friday morning for a grilling before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Mueller was expected to provide court filings Friday related to Trump's jailed former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen. Fittingly, a GOP member of the committee spoke to the media afterwards about how Comey wouldn't answer questions, at the direction of legal counsel.

Comey smiled as he walked past reporters towards a closed-door House meeting, telling them "maybe later" he would answer questions. "We would be giving him a pass that I don't think he deserves", added Meadows.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the "phony" Russian investigation is a "witch hunt" and a presidential harassment without which his approval ratings would have been 75 per cent. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersion on the real investigation, which is Mueller".

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

Comey is speaking with lawmakers behind closed doors Friday after reaching a compromise with House Republicans who subpoenaed him to testify about his recommendation in July 2016 not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to conduct official government business.

"The FBI had a criminal investigation into a presidential candidate, and then less than a month after that ended, they launched a counter-intelligence investigation into the campaign of the other major presidential candidate", Gowdy said.

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Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.

House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

Ironically, it was leaks by congressional Republicans that caused Comey to resist testifying behind closed doors, before finally agreeing to do so on the condition that the full transcript would be released within 24 hours. Two other Republicans, Reps.

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Virginia Rep. Robert 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.

A transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency", Goodlatte said.

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