James Comey appears before House Judiciary Committee in closed session

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"Robert Mueller and Leakin' Lyin' James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest", Trump tweeted.

Comey smiled as he walked past reporters towards a closed-door House meeting, telling them "maybe later" he would answer questions.

Trump said that the latest Rasmussen reports showed his approval rating at 50 per cent.

Comey had two attorneys with him, Issa said, one of whom was a DOJ attorney who advised him "time and time again" not to answer key questions about their investigation into FBI malfeasance in 2016.

Democrats will also attend the interview.

So far, it doesn't seem like they're getting very far, and according Issa, Comey isn't too broken up about it.

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

"He answered the questions he had to answer", said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL.

Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day.

He added: "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". "Force him to answer the questions under oath!"

Democrats complain Republicans are simply trying to fuel a conspiracy theory to protect Trump from the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

With major breaks into the investigation possibly coming as soon as today - particularly involving what Michael Cohen told investigators and the series of events that led to Paul Manafort getting his plea deal revoked - Trump had a complete meltdown during Friday morning's executive time and went on an epic, rage-filled tweet-storm.

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Strzok defiantly fought with angry Republican lawmakers in a riveting hearing that featured Strzok reading aloud from his sometimes-lewd texts and Democrats openly yelling at their Republican counterparts.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, vowed to end the investigation when Democrats take the House majority in January.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the "phony" Russian investigation is a "witch hunt" and a presidential harassment without which his approval ratings would have been 75 per cent.

"The president's attacks on the Justice Department broadly and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are something that - no matter what political party you're in - you should find deeply troubling", Comey said. Bob Goodlatte, decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control.

"We had more questions than we had time", said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

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