House Russia investigators get second crack at Comey

That matters because FBI Director James Comey's public testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was seen as a warmup for his closed-session appearance Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee as it reopens its stalled investigation into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election.

"Certainly in my view, [Russia is] the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability", Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, according to a transcript published by The Washington Post.

Comey, in his most impassioned public defense of how he handled the case, also said it made him feel "mildly nauseous" to think his actions in October might have influenced the race won by Republican Trump over Democrat Clinton.

Comey said Wednesday he has suffered anguish but does not regret his decision to inform Congress in late October that the bureau would reopen its inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton had mishandled classified emails, a disclosure that roiled the presidential race in its final days. Comey explained that it wasn't until months later that investigators discovered more of her emails in a separate investigation into the husband of one of her aides, Huma Abedin.

Earlier this week, Clinton blamed Comey and the FBI's investigation of her email scandal for her election loss.

Describing Comey as the best thing that had ever happened to Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump said that the former had given a free pass for many bad deeds. The Comey.... Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Comey is set to meet with members of the House Intelligence Committee today in closed-door briefings on the FBI's probe into Russian Federation.

"It takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump", he later added.

"Really the central problem we had with the whole email investigation was proving people. had some sense they were doing something unlawful". "Every time I see her do an interview, I'm waiting for a moment where she just doesn't blame anyone but herself and acknowledges why they lost", Bila said.

"The FBI and the Justice Department have provided me material inconsistent answers in closed setting about its reported relationship with Mr. Steele", Grassley said.

Comey only disclosed that investigation to a House hearing in March and said it had begun last July, during the heat of the campaign.

FBI Director James Comey refused Wednesday to confirm under oath whether the FBI is investigating accusations that the Obama administration spied on President Trump's election campaign and transition team.

Republicans have cast doubt on this claim, especially Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who questioned Comey on the unorthodox standard of law that he was using to exonerate Abedin and Weiner. "That's why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material." he said before artfully pivoting back to questions over Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

Comey had a tougher time, though, defending disclosure of the Clinton investigation, but keeping quiet about the one into possible connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"So I stared at speak and hide", Comey explained.

Maybe Comey is waiting to make a bombshell announcement about the Trump probe just before the 2020 election.