Republican Lawmakers Are Not Happy With How Their Comey Meeting Is Going

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"He answered the questions he had to answer", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL.

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

The hearing happened on the same day as a number of significant developments in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"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", Issa added.

"I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful responsible way by DOJ and the FBI", Comey responded. "There is no evidence of bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and this other nonsense they are talking about", the Democrat claimed.

Comey had originally demanded that any interview before the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members be conducted in public to avoid selective leaks.

Comey (shown above left) has been a main person of interest since the beginning, for his involvement in a key investigation and his public comments.

"The Senate could continue to investigate it, even if the Democrats won't investigate it in the House".

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.

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

Comey had resisted answering questions privately, but struck a deal with Republicans that will see a transcript of the testimony published 24 hours after his interview. Both Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight panel, are retiring at the end of the year.

Comey buckled over the weekend, announcing he would appear following assurances that a full transcript would get released and he could speak about what he had testified.

"The FBI attorney is not engaging any more or any less than what she has done in previous transcribed interviews", Meadows, a Trump ally, said.

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

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