Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans

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Former FBI Director James Comey arrived on Capitol Hill Friday morning for a grilling before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. His tweets came amidst investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and collusion with the Trump campaign.

Comey will appear for the interview Friday after fighting a subpoena in court.

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It a series of tweets early Friday, the president blasted Comey and the Mueller probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 US national election. He had argued that Republicans would selectively leak details from the interview. Mueller took over the department's investigation when he was appointed in May 2017.

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.

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The hearings will likely be the last chance GOP legislators have to question Comey, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. It is the first time he has answered lawmakers' questions since an explosive June 2016 hearing in which he asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

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