Republican lawmakers grill former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in closed-door interview

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"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.

Former FBI Director James Comey left his hearing with the Republican lead House of Representatives on Friday and promptly trashed the process.

Comey agreed to submit to the deposition before the House oversight committee in a deal settling his legal challenge of a subpoena in exchange for the public release of the full transcript of his testimony.

Comey was asked numerous questions as well about the handling of the Clinton case, acknowledging at times that certain aspects of it were "unusual" while defending other actions.

Comey is scheduled to make another appearance on Capitol Hill on December 17 to continue his interview. Comey was accused in the report of making a serious error in judgment by sending the letter to lawmakers that was he reopening the email investigation.

CLOSED DOOR: The GOP panel held the hearing in private, despite Comey's demand he get the chance to speak publicly.

Comey did not identify the Americans but said President Donald Trump, then the Republican candidate, was not among them.

Citing a poll that has in the past given him more generous numbers than others have, President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that he'd have an even higher approval rating were it not for the Russian Federation investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"So, I'm not sure we can do this at all", Comey said.

A Justice Department lawyer largely prevented Comey from answering questions about the investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey and House Democrats also reportedly called it a waste of time and were irked by the number of questions about Hillary Clinton's emails.

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

The former FBI director went on to say that anything related to Mueller's investigation, to his understanding, would be "off limits" as it is an ongoing investigation. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, also suggested they might need a second session with Comey if they didn't finish their interview by a late afternoon deadline. "The entire goal of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation ... there is no evidence whatsoever of bias at the FBI or any of this other nonsense".

After the court fight was resolved, Goodlatte said a transcript will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

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