Friday, December 7, 2018

WATCH: GOP Rep. Believes Comey “Put His Thumb on the Scale” of the Clinton Probe

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs suggested that former FBI Director James Comey may have “put his thumb on the scale” during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to conduct government business.

Comey, who testified at a closed-doors hearing with House investigators on Friday, reportedly drew the ire of Republicans and President Trump due to his alleged refusal to answer questions.

The former FBI Director has also indicated that he will return to Capitol Hill later in the month for further questioning.

President Trump and Republican lawmakers have repeatedly sought to investigate Comey’s links to reported leaks to the press occurring while he served as Director of the FBI, and has additionally been accused of shielding Hillary Clinton during her investigation.

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From FoxNews

Former FBI Director James Comey said he will return for more questioning on Capitol Hill later this month, as President Trump ripped into him for apparently declining to answer certain questions on the advice of his attorneys during Friday’s closed-door session.

Comey, who spent Friday testifying before House lawmakers, told reporters his return visit will likely come the “week after next.”

Fox News is told the second session with Comey could come Dec. 17. He repeated his desire for the testimony to be in an “open setting,” but said he would testify in private, as desired by House Republicans.

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 FBI officials.

Speaking to reporters, Comey said he’s willing to continue testifying, even as he suggested he didn’t think it was necessary.

“When you read the transcript, you will see we are talking again about Hillary Clinton’s emails, for heaven’s sake, so I’m not sure we need to do this at all, but I’m trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way,” Comey told reporters. “You’ll see I did that in the transcript.”

The committee is expected to release a transcript of the Comey interview as early as Saturday.

After Friday’s session concluded, the president tore into Comey amid reports Comey’s lawyers, including one from the Justice Department, have prevented him from answering a number of questions.

“It is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions,” Trump said. “Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!”

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