James Comey won't say whether FBI knew Trump campaign conspired to hack DNC servers in July 2016
James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee during hearing in the Hart Senate Office building June 8, 2017, in Washington DC. (Shutterstock)

On Friday, former FBI Director James Comey agreed to give closed door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee under the condition that a transcript be released within a day.


That transcript was released Saturday afternoon, and shows much of the hearing was focused on Hillary Clinton's emails.

But retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) also got into the Russia investigation.

"Did the FBI, in July of 2016, have any evidence anyone in the Trump campaign conspired to hack the DNC server?" he asked Comey.

"The challenge in answering that is -- and please don't take this nonanswer to imply that there is such information. I just -- I don't think that the FBI and special counsel

want me answering questions that may relate to their investigation of Russian interference during 2016. And I worry that that would cross that line, Mr. Gowdy," Comey said.

Gowdy continued to press the issue, which goes to whether there was a "deep state" plot against Trump when the counterintelligence investigation into his associates began.

"July 2016, when this was launched, when Peter Strzok drafted the initiation documents, did the FBI have evidence at the time that any member of the Trump campaign conspired to access the DNC server?" he asked.

Comey again refused to answer.

"The challenge with answering that is it's a slope to answering questions about what we did or didn't know about Russian activity and the connection of any Americans

to it during 2016, and I think that implicates the same problem I just talked about," he said.

Read the full transcript of the Comey hearing here.