James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

As Mueller investigation heats up, Trump unleashes barrage of tweets attacking investigators

Expect two diverging stories to emerge after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's interview, Comey's lawyer suggested in an interview on MSNBC - one from Comey's camp, another from House Republicans.

House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats, who will also attend the interview, have said the GOP investigation is merely a way to distract from and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. He also gave a wry answer when asked if he is "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted.

'Note that I smiled, ' was Comey's response. Comey was in charge of both investigations.

Former FBI Director James Comey addressed reporters Friday afternoon following several hours of closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill, and delivered a sharp rebuke of Donald Trump's "attacks on the rule of law".

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

"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.

Michael Cohen former lawyer to President Donald Trump leaves his apartment building on New York’s Park Avenue Friday Dec. 7 2018. In the latest filings Friday prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and if so how much. (A

A key focus of questioning from lawmakers, Fox News is told, was Comey's decision to draft the 2016 statement recommending against filing criminal charges in the Clinton email probe before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, as well as the alleged political bias demonstrated in a slew of text messages and leaks by top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

Comey is speaking with lawmakers behind closed doors Friday after reaching a compromise with House Republicans who subpoenaed him to testify about his recommendation in July 2016 not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to conduct official government business.

Comey added: "Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see".

After the questioning was underway, some Republicans signaled they were unhappy with Comey's level of cooperation.

The Republican chairman of the House's judiciary committee, Virginia Rep.

Florida Rep. Ted Deutsch said the Republican majority "wishes to only ask questions still about Hillary Clinton's emails, all to distract from the big news today, which is what's happening in court". The president, again, called Robert Mueller and the entire Russian Federation investigation a "total witch hunt".

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.




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