2. SOUNDBITE (English) James Comey, Former FBI Director:
"I was going to try and sneak by you, but I thought you might notice me. Yeah, I'm coming back. We have scheduled a date 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 settings and two, when you read the transcript you will see that we are talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails, for heaven's sake. So, I'm not sure we need to do this at all. But I'm trying to respect the institution and to answer questions in a respectful way. You'll see I did that in the transcript. You'll see that if you get a transcript of my return visit, which I think will be week after next and then this will be over totally.
Reporter: Mr. Comey you served in the Southern District of New York when the new attorney general nominee served as attorney general the last time. Do you have confidence that he can act with impartiality if he's confirmed to this post?
I like and respect Bill Barr. I know he's an institutionalist who cares deeply about the integrity of the Justice Department. So I'm sure he'll use the standard career resources he has to judge what he should be involved in what he shouldn't be involved in. But Bill Barr is a is a talented person who was a good attorney general the first time. I liked him very much then, I think he'll serve the justice department well. And I'm sure he'll talk to the career officials about how to handle that."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Comey, Former FBI Director:
Reporter: You said you were OK with the Barr nominations. Did you have any concerns about the firing of Jeff Sessions and the president continually going after Jeff Sessions for not recusing himself from the Mueller investigation?
The president's attacks on the Justice Department broadly and the FBI are something that no matter what political party you're in you should find deeply troubling and continue to speak out about not become numb to attacks on the rule of law.
Reporter: But with the firing of Sessions specifically?
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