GOP rep on Comey: 'I never recall him not being able to answer a question'

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTrump holds private funeral service for brother Robert Trump at White House  Cheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney MORE (R-N.Y.) on Monday expressed skepticism over James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBook: FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger October 2016 public probe of Clinton emails Trump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation MORE's testimony before House lawmakers in which the former FBI director said he was unable to remember details or would not answer several questions from lawmakers.

King, who was not in attendance at last week's closed-door hearing, said he "never" recalled Comey being unable to answer a question during past appearances before the House Intelligence Committee, of which the New York lawmaker is a member.

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"He has, I think, almost a photographic memory. He has a great capacity for detail," King said on Fox News. "So it’s hard for me to believe that all those questions, he was unable to answer, didn't recall, didn’t remember, so again, I don’t want to be judging his motives, but I’m very, very skeptical of that.

"I was not in the room, but I’m skeptical that a person of his ability and his legal ability was unable to remember the answers to all those questions," he added.

Comey testified last week before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees. The panels later released a transcript of the roughly six-hour appearance.

Republicans have seized on the fact that Comey responded to numerous questions by saying he did not remember, or did not know the information lawmakers were asking about. 

While Comey answered many questions and shed new light on certain aspects of the Russia investigation, he also declined to address certain inquiries because of ongoing investigations.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE lashed out at the former FBI director via Twitter on Sunday, highlighting his nonanswers and accusing Comey of lying to the committees.

Comey, who has criticized Trump and called him "morally unfit" for office, called the president's latest tweet directed toward him "disturbing."

Trump fired Comey in May 2017.