Listen: James Comey, James Komi And FBI discussed on All Things Considered
"This is a big wild leashes. So at first Komi resisted a subpoena demanding that he appear before congress which he eventually did today. He originally argued that any interviews should be done in the public eye rather than behind closed doors. He eventually relented when the committees agreed to put out a public transcript of the interview, and we should expect to see that within twenty four hours. And again, he's coming back week after next you said what what to House Republicans still want to ask him after these seven hours of testimony today. Well, so there haven't been any staggering new developments that make it obvious. Why they'd want to talk to coming out? You heard that clip of him earlier he said that they were asking mostly about Hillary Clinton's emails, again, it appears to be in one way that this is going to be one of the last chances that House Republicans have the question Comey because Democrats will be taking over the house, come January. So they're going to question him because they can Pierce to MAC on Capitol Hill. Thank you. Thank you. All right. Someone who was in that closed hearing with James Comey joins us now, Florida congressman Ted Deutch is a democrat. Hello, congressman. Good evening. Good. Thanks for joining us. So can you just describe the mood in that room today because James Comey is someone who's angered both Republicans and Democrats in the past? What was it like in there today? Sure, what what we felt in that room? Today was the desperation on the part of the Republican majority to try one last time to talk about Hillary Clinton and her emails rather than doing the work that they were sent Washington do which is to defend the constitution at a time. As as Mr. Comey repeatedly talked about the time when there's a real national security threat arising out of Russia's attack on our democracy and investigation into American citizens who may have helped with that attack. There is a question of what additional value today provided? We just heard Republicans who were frustrated that Komi wouldn't answer certain questions on some sensitive issues. What sort of questions to the FBI telco me not to answer today? Can you give us some more detail? Sure, mister ISIS quasi played earlier is I would just suggest to so off base. The FBI didn't chime in talking about the vague interest of various elements, the FBI chimed in when there were questions specific questions about the investigation into the twenty sixteen election questions about about who was being investigated questions about the origins of those investigations all of the type of work that the molar investigation is working feverishly to get to the bottom of. That's why I Mr. Comey didn't speak to some of those. And frankly, we wouldn't want him to do anything that would interfere the ability of of the Mahler probe to actually follow through to the end. And make sure that that we have a thorough report to the American people about exactly what happened in two thousand sixteen. Let me ask you did. You learn anything new. From James Komi today. That matters that changes how you think of what happened during the two thousand sixteen election. I didn't learn anything new, but I was reminded of of a number of points. I was reminded by the former director of the FBI the way he felt when when the president fired him, and then I told the Russians and went on television to explain it was because of the Russia investigation and the concerns about obstruction of Justice. I remembered the way that we felt when the president tweeted that there should be an investigation into a political investigation launched against the Obama, the former Obama administration for trying to surveillance way into that that all of that gets to this fundamental issue. That's so problematic, which is the efforts by the Republican majority again and again starting with the president to to smear the FBI and the Justice department, and and the Muller. Prob- at exactly the time. When we need to be standing it up and making sure that it gets to the truth, very briefly William bar has just been named to be the next attorney general the president's pick. He's someone who has a pretty sweeping view of executive power. Do you have any concerns about how bar might oversee the molar investigation briefly? Well, sure, it's not just I'm learning more about what what Mr. bar has said specifically about investing about investigation show. But specifically about the Muller investigation. And obviously, we can't do anything. We can't allow the president or anyone in his administration to take action to to stop this before it is democratic congressman Ted Deutch, Florida. Thanks very much now. My pleasure. Thanks for having me.."