James Comey arrives for testimony on Capitol Hill

Aaron Brown
December 8, 2018

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

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

Committee lawyers fought back at Comey's "grandiose" arguments, saying he wanted to 'dictate the terms of his appearance by demanding a public hearing'. A total Witch Hunt, ' the president tweeted at 6:18 a.m.

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. So far, more than 30 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in Mueller's investigation.

Trump said that the latest Rasmussen reports showed his approval rating at 50 per cent. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersion on the real investigation, which is Mueller". The hearing today - one that Comey had resisted - is an effort by House Republicans allied with President Trump to pin him down on issues important to them before Democrats take control of the majority in January. "Force him to answer the questions under oath!"

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Over the previous year, Republicans on the two separate House panels have brought in a series of officials and said after the closed-door meetings that there is ample evidence of bias.

Democrats complain Republicans are simply trying to fuel a conspiracy theory to protect Trump from the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"The Department of Justice is going to have to agree to allow him to come back and answer a great many questions that now he is not answering", Issa added. Two other Republicans, Reps.

"I'm not sure we needed to do this at all", Comey said after exiting his interview with the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees.

After the court fight was resolved, Goodlatte said a transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

McCabe was let go after Chris Wray became Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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