James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

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James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director called to testify before members of the House of Representatives on Friday, called the hearing a "desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president".

"Yes, [I will end it] because it is a waste of time to start with", Nadler told reporters after momentarily stepping outside the closed-door hearing of fired FBI Director James Comey. "In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we can not find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts".

Comey had fought the congressional subpoena in court, pushing for a public hearing before settling for some concessions.

So far, it doesn't seem like they're getting very far, and according Issa, Comey isn't too broken up about it.

Two GOP-led committees are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into decisions made at the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), for his part, disputed the argument that Comey dodged questions. They argued that a closed hearing was 'abusive to witnesses'. But he added that he was left with the impression that "we got nowhere today".

Michael Cohen former lawyer to President Donald Trump leaves his apartment building on New York’s Park Avenue Friday Dec. 7 2018. In the latest filings Friday prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and if so how much. (A

Democrats also were unhappy, saying Judiciary Committee Republicans' questions were merely distractions from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

California Republican Darrell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his personal lawyer and a lawyer from the Justice Department. That session will likely be conducted the same way, in private. This is a term that he began using shortly after Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives in November. Republicans were able to hold onto their majority in the Senate. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ..."

"The FBI had a criminal investigation into a presidential candidate, and then less than a month after that ended, they launched a counter-intelligence investigation into the campaign of the other major presidential candidate", Gowdy said.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who sits on the House Freedom Caucus with Meadows, thinks Rosenstein needs to explain a controversial New York Times report that suggested he had secretly recorded President Trump in the White House. He has since become a vocal critic of the president and has periodically opined on the ongoing investigation against him.

Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about President Trump's assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

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.

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