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As Mueller investigation heats up, Trump unleashes barrage of tweets attacking investigators

As Mueller investigation heats up, Trump unleashes barrage of tweets attacking investigators

Former FBI Director James Comey has now tweeted about his closed-door hearing today in which he was grilled by House Republicans, and he decried it as far from a "search for truth".

"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case", he said at the time.

After the hearing, Comey said there were a number of questions about Hillary Clinton's emails. Comey said: "Note that I smiled".

Comey said that he will be back for a second round of hearings and "then this will all be over".

Comey is appearing for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court. The committee is expected to release a transcript of the interview, perhaps as early as Saturday. "The details of what's going on in there will remain private until after the deposition..."

Gowdy told Fox News Thursday that the request to interview Comey is not political, but rather a natural extension of Congress' oversight responsibility over the justice system's extraordinary powers.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), for his part, disputed the argument that Comey dodged questions.

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House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

In October, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director dropped his opposition to a closed-door hearing on December 2 after members of the Judiciary Committee panel agreed to provide a full transcript within 24 hours and said he would be permitted to make it public. "I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense". The hearing today - one that Comey had resisted - is an effort by House Republicans allied with President Trump to pin him down on issues important to them before Democrats take control of the majority in January.

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.

Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017 by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein just days after Comey's firing.

"We could have done this in open setting", he said.

The president has repeatedly blasted Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt", and on Friday unleashed a Twitter tirade against Mueller, Comey and other current and former officials tied to the Russian Federation probe. "And bye [sic] the way, wasn't the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of "legal" at the corrupt Clinton Foundation?"