James Comey testifies in closed-door session with House judiciary committee

Seventy-five percent would make Trump easily one of the most popular leaders on the planet

Seventy-five percent would make Trump easily one of the most popular leaders on the planet

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 appeared for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court.

Issa suggested the committee might bring Comey back because he wasn't answering questions.

Apparently Trump thinks that even a 50% approval rating is low for him, claiming via Twitter, that it would instead be at 75% if it wasn't for the "phony Russia Witch Hunt". They said the Judiciary Committee Republicans' questions were merely distractions from the special counsel's Russian Federation probe.

It seems as though that's what we've been hearing from Trump ever since Robert Mueller was appointed to look into Russian election interference and possible collusion on behalf of the Trump campaign.

"This is a waste of time to start with", Nadler said.

"The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersion on the real investigation, which is Mueller", Nadler told reporters outside Comey's testimony. 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.

Ironically, it was leaks by congressional Republicans that caused Comey to resist testifying behind closed doors, before finally agreeing to do so on the condition that the full transcript would be released within 24 hours.

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After the questioning was underway, some Republicans signaled they were unhappy with Comey's level of cooperation.

"Robert Mueller and Leakin' Lyin' James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest", Trump tweeted.

Issa added that Comey complied with "gleeful acceptance", saying, "The Department of Justice is going to have to agree to allow him to come back and answer a great many questions that now he is not answering".

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

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

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said as he walked into the Comey interview that he will end the investigation when he is expected to take over the panel in January. Both Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight panel, are also retiring at the end of the year.

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.

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