Meadows says Comey's interview with House Republicans will be 'far reaching'

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsLawmakers request documents on DC councilman ethics investigation House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-N.C.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey pens blog revealing what he would ask Mueller in upcoming testimony FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour MORE's interview with House Republicans will be "far-reaching." 

"I don't want to pass a guilty verdict along until we've had the chance to hear from Director Comey," Meadows told Hill.TV's Molly Hooper. 

"But I can say this, the questions will be very far-reaching and probe very deep, not only within email chains that he's had but conversations that have been represented that he has been a party to," the Freedom Caucus chairman continued. 

Meadows's comments come as House Republicans are set to question Comey about allegations of bias within the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election in regard to Russia's election interference and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMatt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE's email server. 

The interview will be one of the last chances House Republicans have to probe the allegations before Democrats formally take over the majority in the House. 

Comey has battled with House Republicans since House Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute MORE (R-Va.) subpoenaed the former FBI director, ordering him to testify behind closed doors. 

The former FBI director argued that testimony behind closed doors would lead to selective leaks that would fit their “corrosive narrative” of FBI bias against Trump. 

House Republicans and Comey eventually struck a deal, agreeing that he would testify before closed doors with a transcript of the interview released within 24 hours of the interview wrapping up. 

— Julia Manchester