Donald Trump targeted the Justice Department with a tweet, because ex-FBI Director James Comey got stopped from answering questions in his latest interview for Congress.
“It is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions,” Donald Trump ignorantly tweeted. “Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!”
President Trump sent the tweet just a few moments after James Comey spoke to reporters after his interview with lawmakers who are on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.
The lawmakers in the room with James Comey said the ex-FBI director refused to answer some questions by the advice of his FBI counsel. That move left a few Republicans frustrated.
James Comey told reporters following the interview that he didn’t believe that he’d been shutting down specific lines of inquiry.
“I think you will not see that happening” in the transcript of the interview, James Comey said.
A transcript for the questioning will be released on Saturday, which is part of an agreement brokered between the Republicans on the committees and James Comey, who requested his hearing be publicly available.
“The FBI, for understandable reasons, doesn’t want me talking about the details of the investigation that is still ongoing, it began when I was FBI director,” James Comey told reporters Friday. “So it makes sense that they don’t want me to go into those details.”
Comey said that the line of questioning did not make up the majority of the interview. He said it focused mainly on his handling of the probe into ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server to do government business.
A report from the Justice Department inspector general issued over the summer was very critical of Comey for making a few public statements regarding the email probe, but said there was no political bias that was influencing FBI decisions.
James Comey will return two weeks from now for a second interview with the Republican-controlled committees, as the Republican lawmakers claim they still have more questions.