Incoming House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries on Friday had harsh words for the House Republicans' closed door hearings with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, saying it was a "total and complete waste of time" since everybody already knows what Comey did during the 2016 election.
"Why "Mr. Transparency" wants to go back to a setting where he knows he can not answer the questions is befuddling to me, and I don't think my fellow citizens buy that", Gowdy said.
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A Justice Department watchdog report released in June said Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the Clinton email investigation in the explosive final months of the 2016 campaign.
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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. Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017. "But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".
When asked why they did not want Comey to testify in public as he requested, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who will be taking part in the questioning, said they often discuss classified intelligence. 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.
"This is a waste of time to start with", Nadler said.