Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’

Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’

There are a lot of things to unpack there, from the fact that Comey's "fake Hillary Clinton investigation" is probably the reason Sanders has a job at the White House, to the fact that there is no evidence Comey ever leaked classified information, to the fact that the idea Comey's investigators abused the FISA process to go after the Trump campaign has been repeatedly debunked.

According to a transcript of the first round of proceedings, Comey declined to answer several questions pertaining to the FBI's probe of Trump, arguing that the details he was being asked to provide were too closely tied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's suspected ties to Russian Federation.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, acting on a court order, made public Federal Bureau of Investigation agents' notes summarizing their interview with former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that led to the criminal charge for which he's to be sentenced Tuesday.

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".

Comey's comments came just moments after he faced a second grilling from Republican legislators over his role in Hillary Clinton's botched email investigation and the 2016 presidential election.

Comey testified for almost six hours, in addition to the six-hour closed-door discussion he had with panel members earlier this month.

Former FBI Director James Comey has also criticised House Republicans for their silence across US President Donald Trump's attacks on the US Justice Department. Comey told reporters after spending more than five hours being interviewed behind closed doors by the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees.

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC.

The two-part interview has one benefit for lawmakers: Two new documents have been released since Comey last appeared earlier this month.

Democrats see the grilling as a purely political move by Republicans, after they lost the majority in the midterms.

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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