James Comey To Testify Before House Judiciary Committee


Former FBI Director James Comey said on Sunday that he has reached a deal with House Republicans to testify at a closed-door hearing this week about the agency's actions during the 2016 presidential election.

"Grateful for a fair hearing from judge", he tweeted Sunday.

According to text of the agreement between Comey and the Judiciary Committee posted online by BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman, a transcript will be made available within 24 hours, "or as soon as is reasonably practical".

Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the committee's retiring chairman, issued the subpoena to Comey the week of Thanksgiving, requiring his testimony in a closed setting during the final weeks of Republican control of the House.

The interview is scheduled for Friday and Comey will be "free to make any or all of that transcript public as he is free to share with the public any of the questions asked and testimony given during the interview", Kelley said.

The committee is expected to question Comey about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

Donald Trump meets James Comey in the White House in January
Image James Comey was dismissed by the president in May 2017

Comey's lawyers argued that a closed hearing would allow for 'selective leaks, is abusive to witnesses, and furthers no legitimate congressional objective'.

Trump fired Comey in 2017.

Lawyers for the committee ridiculed Comey on Friday for his "grandiose demand" to offer testimony in public, where TV cameras would turn his answers into endlesly replayde video clips.

Former FBI Director James Comey wrote on Twitter that he will testify privately before a House panel Monday on the condition that he will be able to speak freely afterward and that a public transcript will be released within 24 hours.

A declaration by the general counsel and parliamentarian for the House Judiciary mafe a case for why Comey's testimony was fair to demand, while also spelling out how Republicans plan to use it to undermine the origins of the Russian Federation probe as well as his decision to end the Clinton email probe during an election year.

"I was disappointed that Mr. Comey filed a motion to quash the subpoena sent to him to appear for our investigation", he said.

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