James Comey trashes Republicans after leaving House hearing
Dec 08 2018
House Republicans have faced criticism - even from GOP Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, who is co-leading the effort - throughout their probe for breaking confidentiality agreements and selectively leaking portions of witnesses' answers that are often misleading without proper context.
"We absolutely need to get answers", Issa said.
Comey wasn't pleased either, telling reporters, "We're talking about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sake, so I'm not sure we needed to do this at all".
He also said it reinforced his view that the Clinton probe has run its course.
Comey was subpoenaed last month to appear before members of Congress before Democrats take over as the House majority.
"It's a waste of time to start with", Rep. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ... there is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the FBI or any of this other nonsense".
Comey had two attorneys with him, Issa said, one of whom was a DOJ attorney who advised him "time and time again" not to answer key questions about their investigation into FBI malfeasance in 2016.
"One of the disappointments of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that Congress doesn't have a right to know", Issa said, according to Fox News.
The interview comes as Republican lawmakers are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into decisions made at the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.
Republicans say Comey and other Justice Department officials were biased against Trump as they investigated his campaign's ties with Russian Federation in 2016 and cleared Clinton in a separate probe into her email use. "And bye [sic] the way, wasn't the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of "legal" at the corrupt Clinton Foundation?"
Trump began his morning with a Twitter tirade where he attacked Mueller, using his professional relationship with Comey to kick it off. He rejected the GOP's claims that the Justice Department improperly sought surveillance on a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, to launch the Russian Federation probe.
In June, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Comey broke from usual procedures in his handling of the Clinton investigation, and he should have sought approval from senior Justice Department officials before. "I think that the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense".
In October, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.
President Donald Trumptweeted Friday that Comey was apparently told by Justice Department attorneys not to answer some questions.
Issa noted that his two attorneys have been instructing him not to answer the vast bulk of the questions.