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Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress

08 December 2018

The interview comes as GOP lawmakers are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into decisions made at the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

Former FBI Director James Comey is appearing before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee today.

Comey had refused to testify in private, but reached a deal with House Republicans to release a transcript of the interview within 24-hours.

"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.

Apparently Trump thinks that even a 50% approval rating is low for him, claiming via Twitter, that it would instead be at 75% if it wasn't for the "phony Russia Witch Hunt".

Incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said the probe into Federal Bureau of Investigation behavior was a "waste of time" and that he would shut it down.

It seems as though that's what we've been hearing from Trump ever since Robert Mueller was appointed to look into Russian election interference and possible collusion on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Trump said that the latest Rasmussen reports showed his approval rating at 50 per cent. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ... there is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the FBI or any of this other nonsense". Comey had previously expressed displeasure over this idea, fearing "selective leaking" by Republicans.

"I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions".

Over the a year ago, Republicans on the Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform panels have brought in a series of officials and said after the closed-door meetings that there is evidence of bias.

After Friday's session concluded, the president tore into Comey amid reports Comey's lawyers, including one from the Justice Department, have prevented him from answering a number of questions.

Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about President Trump's assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russian Federation probe. Two other Republicans, Reps.

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 Democrats take the House majority in January.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., 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.

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

Ex-FBI director Comey grilled again in US Congress