James Comey to Testify Before House Committee

James Comey to Testify Before House Committee

House Republicans will grill Comey behind closed doors Friday about his role in investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

"It appears that the two committees conducting the investigation have reached the conclusion and then said, 'Let's bring some witnesses in here and we'll do it in private and we'll take snippets of their testimony, we'll mold it into a mosaic that fits our political narrative... and that's what we're going to release to the public, not the unfiltered testimony, '" David Kelley, Comey's attorney, said Monday.

Republicans will also focus on alleged political bias by Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and potential FISA court abuses.

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.

It a series of tweets early Friday, the president blasted Comey and the Mueller probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 USA national election. He gave a wry answer when asked if he was "best friends" with Mueller, as Trump has tweeted.

Comey was in charge of both of those investigations.

Weeks later, Comey arranged for a memo on a private meeting with the president to be leaked to the press, claiming Trump asked him to curtail the FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017. Both Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight panel, are also retiring at the end of the year.

Comey had originally demanded that any interview before the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members be conducted in public to avoid selective leaks.

A transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency", Goodlatte said. Yet it did not second-guess his conclusion that Clinton should not have been prosecuted, despite assertions by Trump and his supporters that anyone less politically connected would have been charged.

In addition to Comey's ouster four years into a 10-year term, Trump helped orchestrate the removal from the bureau of Andrew McCabe, who was interim director when Comey was sacked.