Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans


Incoming House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries on Friday had harsh words for the House Republicans' closed door hearings with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, saying it was a "total and complete waste of time" since everybody already knows what Comey did during the 2016 election.

Comey will appear for the interview after fighting a subpoena in court.

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017.

Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day.

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Under a deal struck with the House Judiciary Committee, Comey will be free to speak about the questioning afterward and a transcript will be released.

"I've got lots of questions", said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as he walked into the hearing room. Republicans argue that department officials were biased against Trump as they started the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate investigation into her email use.

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. So far, more than 30 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in Mueller's investigation.