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

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B MORE (R-N.Y.) on Monday expressed skepticism over James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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.