Outgoing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Sunday it was "truly stunning" to hear former FBI Director James Comey claim he doesn't know or "can't recall" answers to nearly 250 questions about the Trump-Russia probe and the Clinton email investigation.

"The biggest takeaway is that former FBI Director James Comey, with regard to the two most important investigations... into the Clinton email matter and into the Russia collusion matter, said, as you noted, I don’t recall, I don’t remember or I don’t know, 245 times," Goodlatte, a Republican from Roanoke, Va., said.

However, Goodlatte said he does not want his shock to be registered as an assertion that Comey lied during his six-hour, closed-door testimony.

He said that he will "reserve judgment" about Comey's honesty until the joint bipartisan committee of lawmakers holds another hearing with the longtime bureaucrat on December 17.


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Goodlatte said that Comey did however act "in clear violation of FBI protocols" in regard to the Clinton email probe.

"He took away from the DOJ the decision-making authority about this matter," Goodlatte said.

He said that he and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) want a special counsel appointed to take a closer look at Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information.

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