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News Wrap: House committees interview Comey privately

In our news wrap Friday, the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees interviewed former FBI director James Comey in a closed-door deposition, as House Republicans investigate FBI actions during the 2016 presidential campaign. Plus, the man who killed a woman after driving his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was found guilty of first-degree murder.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Former FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for a closed-door deposition. House Republicans are investigating the FBI's actions in the 2016 presidential campaign before Democrats take power in January.

    Comey had unsuccessfully requested a public hearing, over concerns Republicans would leak damaging information.

    He spoke to reporters after he was interviewed.

  • James Comey:

    We have scheduled another date for me to come back on the 17th.

    After a full day of questioning, two things are clear to me.

    One, we could have done this in open setting. And, two, when you read the transcript, you will see that we are talking again about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, for heaven's sakes. So I'm not sure we need to do this at all.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    President Trump weighed in on Twitter, and called on lawmakers to force Comey to answer questions under oath.

    The man who rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year has been found guilty of first degree murder. James Fields was also convicted of nine other charges. The 2017 rampage killed Heather Heyer, and it injured dozens more.

    The 21-year-old's sentencing hearing will begin on Monday. He could face up to life in prison.

    A Chinese telecommunications executive is facing multiple fraud charges in the United States for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested Saturday in Canada, at the request of the U.S.

    Today, she appeared in a Vancouver court for her bail hearing. Her arrest sparked fears of an escalation in a trade war between the U.S. and China. Huawei is the world's largest supplier of phone and Internet technology. U.S. intelligence agencies have accused the company of spying for China.

    On Wall Street today, a weaker-than-expected monthly U.S. jobs report, coupled with lingering fears about a trade war with China, caused stocks to take another nosedive. The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted a total of more than 1,700 points this week, shedding 4 percent.

    Today alone, the Dow plunged over 558 points to close just under 24389. The Nasdaq fell 219 points, and the S&P 500 slipped nearly 63.

    OPEC and other oil-producing countries agreed to cut global oil output starting in January. The oil cartel today announced a reduction of 1.2 million barrels a day for six months. The move is aimed at stabilizing oil prices, which have fallen 25 percent in recent months. Word of today's agreement caused the price of crude oil to surge 4 percent.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is speaking out publicly for the first time about working for President Trump after being fired in March. Tillerson described the president as impulsive and someone who is — quote — "undisciplined and doesn't like to read."

    Last night in Houston, Tillerson told CBS News contributor Bob Schieffer that the president also asked him to do things that weren't legal.

  • Rex Tillerson:

    The president would say, "Well, here's what I want to do, and here's how I want to do it," and I would have to say to him: "Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do. But you can't do it that way. It violates the law. It violates treaty."


    You know, he got really frustrated. I didn't know how to conduct my affairs with him any other way than in a very straightforward fashion.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Today, President Trump fired back on Twitter.

    He wrote — quote — "Rex Tillerson didn't have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn't get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell" — end quote.

    Some 20 survivors gathered today in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to remember the more than 2,400 lives lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. They shared a moment of silence at the exact time the bombing began back in 1941. The youngest of the survivors is now in his mid-90s.

    For the first time, none of the survivors from the USS Arizona were able to make the trip, due to poor health. That ship lost 1,177 sailors and Marines in the attack, more than any other vessel.

    And the host of this year's Oscars, Kevin Hart, has stepped down following public outcry over his past homophobic tweets. Most were posted from 2009 to 2011, and some were deleted. Last night, the actor and comedian tweeted that he didn't want to be a distraction, and he apologized for — quote — "insensitive words from my past."

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