With final jabs at FBI, Michael Flynn heads to sentencing

With final jabs at FBI, Michael Flynn heads to sentencing

With final jabs at FBI, Michael Flynn heads to sentencing

Comey said that politicians, and especially Republicans, have to stop remaining quiet when Trump makes false statements. As was the case in his December 7 appearance, a transcript is expected to be released after this session.

The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into the department's decisions before Democrats take the majority in January.

Republicans left that previous interview saying they were frustrated with the questions that Comey couldn't answer, and they noted after the interview how many times Comey had responded that he did not know or recall an answer to their questions.

Mr Comey - who was sacked by Mr Trump in May 2017 while he was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election and possible Trump campaign collusion - made his remarks after his second appearance this month before two House of Representatives committees. He called it "a waste of time to start with" and said that the "entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation which is Mueller".

Comey offered his own assessment after the first round of questions had concluded, tweeting that the interview "wasn't a search for truth, but a desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president. I didn't learn anything new in there, maybe they did".

GOP lawmakers, about to lose the power of the gavel when they slip into the minority next year, had wanted one last crack at Mr. Comey, who they saw as the center of botched decisions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation not to investigate Mrs. Clinton and instead to focus on Mr. Trump.

Asked about the effect of the president's tweet over the weekend that labeled his former lawyer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with federal investigators, Comey was adamant.

Comey added, "a lot of good people who watch your network believe that nonsense".

Republican lawmakers had issued a subpoena for Comey to appear before them for a closed door interview last month. There is a truth and they're not telling it.

Flynn told investigators in Jan 2017 that he had not discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement.

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