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

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingRepublicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes second major gun bill MORE (R-N.Y.) on Monday expressed skepticism over James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Democrats face dilemma after Mueller probe ends Barr faces political storm over Mueller report 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 TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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.