Comey Frustrates Republicans During Closed-Door Hearing


Comey will return to the House Dec. 17 for more questioning.

Comey, who was subpoenaed, spoke to the GOP-led House judiciary and oversight and government reform committees for almost seven hours behind closed doors, later telling reporters that they were "talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sakes".

"We absolutely need to get answers", Issa said.

The President said Comey was told by DOJ attorneys "not to answer the most important questions" during his hearing in a tweet Friday.

The panels are investigating Clinton's use of a private email server while she was in office and about the handling of the probe into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 USA election.

Comey resisted, arguing the GOP-led investigation in the decision-making by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017 was politically motivated.

"I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense", Comey said, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that governs use of electronic surveillance by federal law enforcement. "There's no evidence whatsoever of bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Comey appeared for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court.

Republicans say department officials were biased against President Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Clinton in a separate investigation into her email usage. A total Witch Hunt, ' the president tweeted at 6:18 a.m. "In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we can not find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts".

Over the past year, 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.

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.

But Comey relented to the closed-door interview after gaining a promise that a transcript of the session would be released to the public after 24 hours.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a review of the email investigation on June 14.