Comey: FBI Probe of Russia Looked at 4 Americans

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He did not identify the four who were under review, as Comey refused to answer a number of specific questions related to the Russian Federation probe.

Comey added, in regard to the probe into Clinton's email practices, that "anybody that thinks we were on Team Clinton, trying to cut her a break, is smoking something".

Comey, who appeared under subpoena, announced after the meeting that he would return for more questioning December 17.

The 235-page transcript also covers Comey's responses to questions about Federal Bureau of Investigation interactions with a former British spy who compiled a dossier of allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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Comey revealed that the initial counterintelligence investigation into Russia election meddling was opened on four individuals - but not Trump - to see if any of them were conspiring with the Russians to sway the elections. Comey largely dodged questions connected to the current Mueller-led probe, including whether his May 2017 firing by Trump constituted obstruction of justice. Also by that time Democratic email accounts had been hacked by Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had been told that Russians had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he will end this investigation - which is officially supposed to be examining DOJ and FBI actions in the lead-up to the 2016 elections - when he takes over the committee chairmanship in January. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement that Comey answered "I don't know" 166 times and "I don't remember" 71 times. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's foreign dealings, including to an associate the us says has ties to Russian intelligence, has also attracted law enforcement scrutiny.

"When you read the transcript you'll see that we're talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails for heaven's sake, so I'm not sure we need to do this at all", Comey told reporters after testifying before the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees.

Trump, who fired Comey in May 2017 after the FBI began investigating whether the Trump campaign had a role in Russian election interference, renewed his Twitter attacks on Comey Friday in anticipation of the testimony.

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Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said government filings about Cohen "tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known". After his appearance, he was criticised by Rep. Jim Jordan for allegedly answering "I don't know" to numerous questions.

Comey denied a tweet from Mr. Trump earlier this month which said that he and Mueller were "best friends".

Eventually Comey agreed to a closed-door hearing on the condition that a transcript be made public afterward. The investigation's most public moment was a 10-hour hearing in which former FBI special agent Peter Strzok defended anti-Trump texts he sent to a colleague as he helped lead both investigations. But it also found there was no evidence that Comey's or the department's final conclusions were motivated by political bias toward either candidate. But he later backed down, agreeing to appear behind closed doors on the conditions that the transcript would be released as soon as possible and he would be free to speak about the interview afterward.

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