Comey: FBI Probe of Russia Looked at 4 Americans

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Former FBI director James Comey, sacked by President Donald Trump in 2017, testified on Friday (Dec 7) before U.S. lawmakers for the first time in over a year, but this time out of the camera glare. To buttress that argument, Comey talked about how Strzok helped draft the controversial letter that was sent to Congress just before the 2016 elections, which said the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was being re-opened.

It is the first time he has answered lawmakers' questions since an explosive June 2016 hearing in which he asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

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 he is expected to take over the panel in January.

Trump wrote: "On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn't know, didn't recall, or couldn't remember things when asked".

"I'm not sure we need to do this at all".

Asked if he had confidence in Mueller, Comey said: "There are not many things I would bet my life on". In the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Comey testified that he was concerned by a "number of stories" and leaks about Hillary Clinton, which he believed were coming from the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and were going to people like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a campaign booster for President Trump.

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Unofficial results showed Republican Mark Harris leading McCready by 905 votes in the south-central 9th Congressional District. Woodhouse defended Harris, calling him a "good man" and said there's "no way he knew about this stuff and sanctioned it".

Surprising few, the President's tweets do not seem to align with Comey's actual testimony.

According to the transcript, Comey did not respond some specific questions related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although Republicans have blamed Strzok for trying to undermine Trump's candidacy, Comey said in the hearing that he found that characterization hard to believe. "So it's hard for me to see how he was on Team Clinton secretly at that point in time", Comey said, referring to the October 28, 2016, letter which stated that the FBI had "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation" into the private email server that Clinton used as secretary of state. He has praised former Justice Department official Sally Yates for defying an executive order and reportedly attended then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night party, leading conservative critics to allege a bias against President Trump. 'I think I had a meal once alone with him in a restaurant.

Trump's bete noire had pleaded for a public hearing after he was subpoenaed by members of the outgoing Congress in November, but House Republicans including some of Trump's allies insisted on a private session before the judiciary and oversight committees. We're not friends in any social sense'.

"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.

Although Comey initially battled with the interview, he agreed to sit down with legislators under one condition: that transcripts of the conversation were made public within 24 hours.

CNN reported this week on the circumstances that prompted McCabe to open an obstruction investigation in the wake of Comey's firing even before Mueller was appointed less than two weeks later.

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