World News

Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.

Comey resisted, arguing the GOP-led investigation in the decision-making by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017 was politically motivated.

Comey is appearing for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court.

Citing a recent poll published by Rasmussen Reports that claims Trump's approval is now at 50%, Trump suggested that it would be half as much higher if it were not for the investigation into Russian election interference led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Clinton in a separate investigation into her email use.

More news: SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

"Why "Mr. Transparency" wants to go back to a setting where he knows he can not answer the questions is befuddling to me, and I don't think my fellow citizens buy that", Gowdy said.

Comey said: "Note that I smiled". He had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview.

A Justice Department watchdog report released in June said Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Clinton email investigation in the explosive final months of the 2016 campaign.

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.