Expect Two Wildly Different Stories After James Comey's House Testimony

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

But unlike all previous witnesses who interviewed with the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members for their probe into potential bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in 2016, Comey will not be bound to silence by a confidentiality agreement after the meeting.

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.

Republicans will also focus on alleged political bias by Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and potential FISA court abuses.

Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.

Comey had fought the congressional subpoena in court, pushing for a public hearing before settling for some concessions.

Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to slam Comey ahead of his hearing. They said questions from the judiciary committee Republicans were merely distractions from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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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.

Comey was in charge of both of those investigations.

President Donald Trump has reportedly taken great pride in his ceremonial decorum over the course of the past few days in the context of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.

Walking into the meeting, Comey said he might answer questions in public after the session. Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017. Comey had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details and mischaracterize the proceedings.

Comey had originally demanded that any interview before the joint panel of House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee members be conducted in public to avoid selective leaks.

The report said the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who announced in July 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, repeatedly departed from normal Justice Department protocol.

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