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Portions of FBI Interview with Flynn Released

18 December, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • COMEY SPEAKS: Disgraced Former FBI Director Says Trump 'Attacking the Rule of Law' in the US

"Another day of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Steele dossier", he told reporters on Monday, seeming exasperated that they were still focal points of investigation, despite recent developments emanating from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"He seemed to indicate the other day that he wasn't aware of that until he read reports long after he was gone", Meadows added. "They are now exposed!"

Mr Comey - who was sacked by Mr Trump in May 2017 while he was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible Trump campaign collusion - made his remarks after his second appearance this month before two House of Representatives committees.

Comey offered his own assessment after the first round of questions had concluded, tweeting that the interview "wasn't a search for truth, but a desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president".

When asked if he thought Monday's testimony was useful or merely a political maneuver by House Republicans, Comey said he couldn't say.

On Monday, Oversight committee member Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo., said the interview was "the last gasp of the Republican majority in this House, to paint this narrative to protect the Trump administration and the Trump campaign".

According to a transcript of the first round of proceedings, Comey declined to answer several questions pertaining to the FBI's probe of Trump, arguing that the details he was being asked to provide were too closely tied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's suspected ties to Russian Federation.

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Comey said questions during the closed-door hearing once again focused on Hillary Clinton's email server and the Christopher Steele dossier.

Watch Comey's full comments in the video above.

Republican lawmakers had issued a subpoena for Comey to appear before them for a closed door interview last month.

"Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 24", Mueller's team wrote in a memo on Friday.

Fox News notes that the 302 states that "Flynn told agents "not really" when asked if he had told the Russian ambassador not to escalate the diplomatic conflict over sanctions with the US - although he later admitted to doing so".

They're also relevant to Comey's congressional testimony, as lawmakers asked him about his assessment of the FBI's interview with Flynn during Comey's first round of testimony. "There's no doubt he was lying, but that those indicators weren't there".

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