Former Director of the FBI James Comey spoke to House investigators behind closed doors on Friday, answering questions regarding the Justice Department’s decisions during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Appearing under subpoena, Comey said after the meeting had concluded that he would be willing to return for further questioning December 17th.
“We’re talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails, for heaven’s sake, so I’m not sure we needed to do this at all,” Comey said to reporters after the meeting.
Republicans on the committees suggest the Justice Department had officials who were biased against Trump when they started an investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties to the Russian government, while clearing Democrat Hillary Clinton in her email probe.
Democrats are warning that the investigations being conducted by the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are undermining special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.
Some Republicans said they were unhappy with Comey’s level of cooperation while answering the questions.
Rep. Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers with him in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department.
Rep. Issa claimed the lawyer for the Justice Department repeatedly instructed Comey not to answer, “a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigations.”
“He answered the questions he had to answer,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois. “We got nowhere today.”
Rep. Ted Deutsch of Florida said the Republicans wished “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.”
After the meeting had ended President Trump posted on social media: “it is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions. Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!”
(Crusader Journal Staff)