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banks about its busi­ness deal­ings in Iran.

The sur­prise ar­rest, al­ready de­nounced by Bei­jing, raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world’s two big­gest economies can re­solve the com­pli­cated is­sues that di­vide them.

“I think it will have a dis­tinc­tively neg­a­tive ef­fect on the U.S.-China talks,” said Philip Levy, se­nior fel­low at the Chicago Coun­cil on Global Af­fairs and an eco­nomic ad­viser in Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s White House. “There’s the hu­mil­i­at­ing way this hap­pened right be­fore the din­ner, with Xi un­aware. Very hard to save face on this one. And we may see (Chi­nese re­tal­i­a­tion), which will em­bit­ter re­la­tions.”

Comey faces off with GOP over Clin­ton emails, al­leged bias

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey spoke to House in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­hind closed doors for al­most seven hours Fri­day, be­grudg­ingly an­swer­ing ques­tions about the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s de­ci­sions dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Comey, who ap­peared un­der sub­poena, an­nounced af­ter the meet­ing that he would re­turn for more ques­tion­ing Dec. 17. Ap­pear­ing an­noyed, he said “we’re talk­ing about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails, for heaven’s sake, so I’m not sure we needed to do this at all.”

A tran­script of the in­ter­view, ex­pected to be re­leased shortly, “will bore you,” Comey said.

Two GOP-led com­mit­tees brought Comey in as they sought to wrap up a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the depart­ment’s de­ci­sions in 2016. Repub­li­cans ar­gue that depart­ment of­fi­cials were bi­ased against Don­ald Trump as they started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his cam­paign’s ties to Rus­sia and cleared Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in the probe into her email use. Comey was in charge of both in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Democrats have said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the House Ju­di­ciary and Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form com­mit­tees are merely a way to dis­tract from and un­der­mine spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia probe. Mueller took over the depart­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion when he was ap­pointed in May 2017.

Af­ter the ques­tion­ing was un­der­way, some Repub­li­cans sig­naled they were un­happy with Comey’s level of co­op­er­a­tion. Cal­i­for­nia Rep. Dar­rell Issa said Comey had two lawyers in the room, his per­sonal lawyer and a lawyer from the Jus­tice Depart­ment. He said the depart­ment lawyer re­peat­edly in­structed Comey not to an­swer “a great many ques­tions that are clearly items at the core of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Democrats dis­agreed that Comey wasn’t co­op­er­a­tive.

Man who drove into crowd con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der BY THE NUM­BERS Dow Jones In­dus­tri­als: – 558.72 to 24,388.95 Stan­dard & Poor’s: – 62.87 to 2,633.08 Nas­daq Com­pos­ite In­dex: – 219.01 to 6,969.25

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