Republican lawmakers grill former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in closed-door interview

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

As special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to reveal more details about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the face of filing deadlines, President Trump is unleashing a barrage of tweets aimed at everyone from Mueller to former FBI director James Comey to former Justice Department officials.

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. They said questions from the judiciary committee Republicans were merely distractions from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

In fact, Comey said much of the dossier was unverified even when he was sacked by President Trump six months later.

Comey was also fuzzy on the eventual Democratic funding of the research that went into the controversial and unverified anti-Trump dossier. The committee agreed to give the transcript to Comey within 24 hours. This is a term that he began using shortly after Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives in November.

"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.

Republicans, such as Darrell Issa, said that Comey was repeatedly directed by an attorney from the Department of Justice, who was present for the hearing, not to answer certain questions. GOP lawmakers who stepped outside while the questioning was underway indicated they weren't satisfied and will bring him back later this month. 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.

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Comey was in charge of both those investigations. "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".

Flynn, who was indicted for lying to investigators, has been cooperating with Mueller's probe.

Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about President Trump's assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russian Federation probe. While such closed-door interviews often extend late into the night, lawmakers said Friday that the interview would end in the afternoon because of scheduling issues.

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

He also said he had agreed to testify again on December 17. Both Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight panel, are retiring at the end of the year.

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