Republican Lawmakers Are Not Happy With How Their Comey Meeting Is Going

by Garry Watts December 8, 2018, 0:51
Republican Lawmakers Are Not Happy With How Their Comey Meeting Is Going

"Yes, [I will end it] because it is a waste of time to start with", Nadler told reporters after momentarily stepping outside the closed-door hearing of fired FBI Director James Comey.

"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.

Democrats, who will also attend the interview, have said the GOP investigation is merely a way to distract from and undermine Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

When he was asked on his way into the meeting room about Trump's assertion that he is best friends with Mueller, Comey said: "Note that I smiled".

"We want to know what he knew and when he knew it", Issa said of Comey.

Comey's lawyers, one of whom is from the U.S. Department of Justice, is telling him not to answer "a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation", Issa said.

But unlike all previous witnesses who interviewed with the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members for their probe into potential bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in 2016, Comey will not be bound to silence by a confidentiality agreement after the meeting.

Comey initially resisted the subpoena from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), saying he wanted a public hearing.

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His tweets came amidst investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and collusion with the Trump campaign.

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

Walking into the meeting, Comey said he might answer questions afterward. Two other Republicans, Reps.

"That's a very teeny part of what we talked about - a whole lot of Hillary Clinton emails, which will bore you", he said. The investigation's most public moment was a 10-hour hearing in which former FBI special agent Peter Strzok defended anti-Trump texts he sent to a colleague as he helped lead both investigations.

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.

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

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".

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