James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

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Former FBI Director James Comey is sitting with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees behind closed doors on Friday to answer (or not answer) their questions.

Comey agreed to testify on Friday at House Republicans request under the pretense that a full transcript of the testimony be released afterwards. Under a deal struck with the House Judiciary Committee, he can speak afterward and a transcript will be released.

Gowdy (R-S.C.), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Oversight Committee, said lawmakers want to ask Comey about "everything" that occurred at the bureau under his watch, including the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the impetus for the Russian Federation probe and alleged FISA abuse.

But unlike all previous witnesses who interviewed with the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members for their probe into potential bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in 2016, Comey will not be bound to silence by a confidentiality agreement after the meeting.

"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.

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"One of the disappointments of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that Congress doesn't have a right to know", Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, according to Fox News.

Over the a year ago, Republicans on the Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform panels have brought in a series of officials and said after the closed-door meetings that there is evidence of bias.

Strzok defiantly fought with angry Republican lawmakers in a riveting hearing that featured Strzok reading aloud from his sometimes-lewd texts and Democrats openly yelling at their Republican counterparts. "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation which is Mueller".

Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day. Bob Goodlatte, decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control.

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