James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

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"I'm not sure we needed to do this at all", Comey said after exiting his interview with the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees.

Issa said that Comey should not be allowed to get away with leaving it at that.

The President said Comey was told by DOJ attorneys "not to answer the most important questions" during his hearing in a tweet Friday.

The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats charged that summoning Comey was the GOP's final attempt to distract from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe before they lose control of the House in January.

Comey's interview came as GOP lawmakers are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into decisions made at the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. Earlier in the day, Congressman Darrell Issa said there were a number of questions Comey was prevented from answering. "There is no evidence of bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and this other nonsense they are talking about", the Democrat claimed.

Comey has appeared before lawmakers on Capitol Hill to answer questions-both publicly and privately-at least five times since 2016. A total Witch Hunt, ' the president tweeted at 6:18 a.m. Democrats and Comey rebuked that claim, instead saying there were only a handful of questions that he could not answer because of ongoing criminal investigations. Fittingly, a GOP member of the committee spoke to the media afterwards about how Comey wouldn't answer questions, at the direction of legal counsel.

"The Senate could continue to investigate it, even if the Democrats won't investigate it in the House". Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, also suggested they might need a second session with Comey if they didn't finish their interview by a late afternoon deadline.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's public statements that he did not really talk seriously about taping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment is not consistent with the number of other sworn testimony or transcribed interviews that we've had", he said.

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