Saturday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee published and released a full transcript of former FBI Director James Comey’s Closed door testimony.
According to Fox News, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, published the 235-page transcript as a part of an agreement with Comey.
At first the Former FBI Director challenged the subpoena to appear before the committee and instead pushed for a public hearing.
Lawmakers were frustrated with Comey’s lack of specifics. A statement issued by Chairman Gowdy’s Office indicated Comey answered “I don’t remember” 71 times, “I don’t know” 166 times and “I don’t recall” eight times.
Comey was specifically asked if the FBI had any evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign conspired to hack the DNC server, his deflective response was posed in the form a question.
“Did we have evidence in July of (2016) that anyone in the Trump campaign conspired to hack the DNC server?” Comey asked rhetorically. “I don’t think that the FBI and special counsel want me answering questions that may relate to their investigation of Russian interference during 2016. And I worry that that would cross that line.”
Additionally, Gowdy asked about what “factual predicate” the bureau had to launch a counterintelligence investigation.
Comey once again danced around the question stating, “To the extent, I recall facts developed during our investigation of Russian interference and the potential connection of Americans, I think that’s a question that the FBI doesn’t want me answering. So it’s both a can’t and a won’t,” Comey replied.
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, also according to a Fox News report.
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