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Republicans argue department officials were biased against Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate investigation of her email use. "The Democrats' political position has always been that the investigation of the investigators is a distraction and something that's being concocted in order to undermine the credibility of Mueller's investigation".

So far, more than 30 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in Mueller's investigation.

Comey's testimony will likely be one of the last sessions conducted by the judiciary and oversight panels this year. President Trump's campaign chairman, top campaign aide, former national security advisor and longtime personal attorney are all cooperating in the inquiry, which the president calls a "witch hunt".

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), for his part, disputed the argument that Comey dodged questions.

Trump began his tweet-storm Friday morning by criticizing Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and what he sees as conflicts of interest in the case.

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Kramp-Karrenbauer said she wants to ensure that the CDU avoids the fate of shrinking center-right parties in France and elsewhere. More generous family leave, an exit from nuclear power and an end to military conscription were among her signature policies.

Trump took to Twitter to slam his former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Strzok defiantly fought with angry Republican lawmakers in a riveting hearing that featured Strzok reading aloud from his sometimes-lewd texts, and Democrats and Republicans openly yelling at each other.

"The Senate could continue to investigate it, even if the Democrats won't investigate it in the House".

When asked what types of questions the fired FBI director was evading, Issa said: "In broad-brush strokes, everything related to Hillary's investigation, everything related to how they got on to it and what their process was, everything related to the FISA warrants and the fake dossier - broadly those are the areas in which, time and time and time again, he's not answering". "The entire objective of this investigation is to cast aspersions on the real investigation, which is Mueller".

But Comey would not sit idle and have his testimony, which will be made public via a transcript, "twisted in that way". The panel, per his request, will release a transcript of the interview to the public, and he can explain his answers for himself.

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.