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House Judiciary Committee releases transcript of James Comey testimony

House Judiciary Committee releases transcript of James Comey testimony

Issa added that Comey complied with "gleeful acceptance", saying, "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". "There will be short-term damage, which worries me a great deal, but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions".

In October 2017, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced a joint investigation into decisions made by the agencies in 2016.

Comey himself complained the proceedings were too focused on Clinton.

Comey said he will be back at the Capitol for another closed-door interview the week of December 17.

Comey was in charge of both those investigations.

But Comey also used the occasion to take aim at Trump's public barbs at the criminal justice system, saying "we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president", and Trump's suggestion that it should be a crime for subjects to "flip" and cooperate with investigators. California Rep. Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department.

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Republican lawmakers were frustrated with the proceedings, complaining that Comey didn't give satisfactory answers to their questions.

Comey, who has testified publicly on Capitol Hill about both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations, appeared for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting the subpoena in court.

The president has repeatedly blasted Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt", and on Friday unleashed a Twitter tirade against Mueller, Comey and other current and former officials tied to the Russian Federation probe.

"Note that I smiled", Comey said.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who will head the House Oversight committee in the next Congress, told CBS News it is "hard to say" if his committee will continue to look into the fired director's actions in 2016.

The House Judiciary Committee made the document public on Saturday, just 24 hours after privately grilling the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief about investigative decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and President Donald Trump's campaign.

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

Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017 by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein just days after Comey's firing.

Attorneys for the Judiciary Committee argued for a closed-door meeting, not because of classified information, but because the committee believed House rules allowed it, the subject matter was of importance to the country and a private session would be conducted quicker than a public one.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) a member of the committee, said he had 14 pages of questions for Comey. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ..."

A transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency", Goodlatte said.

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