Former FBI Director James Comey Will Testify Privately

Larry Hoffman
December 5, 2018

"Grateful for a fair hearing from judge". He said Republicans, who lead the committee, told him he's free to speak afterward and that a transcript would be released a day later. "This is the closest I can get to public testimony".

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, issued a statement later Sunday confirming the planned testimony. "But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".

Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI's investigations in 2016.

Comey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition Friday.

The Republican-led inquiry has been lambasted by Democrats as a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Comey's request that the closed-door deposition be put on hold infuriated Goodlatte, who accused the former director of seeking "special treatment", CNBC reported.

According to Comey's lawyer, David Kelley, "The Judiciary Committee will make available to Mr. Comey a full transcript of that testimony within 24 hours" or "as soon as is reasonably practicable".

The Kremlin has denied meddling in the US elections, and Trump denies colluding with Moscow, repeatedly calling the Mueller probe a political "witch hunt" with no basis in fact. And it says he was "personally involved" with the Russian Federation probe and "signed off" on the surveillance warrant for Trump advisor Carter Page, who came under scrutiny for his Russian Federation ties during the campaign.

McFadden in court Friday noted House lawyers had cited a 1975 Supreme Court ruling, which invoked the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, granting members of Congress immunity from civil suits, or arrest, while performing their duties.

The Republican-led inquiry into the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in a race against time to produce conclusions because it will be shut down as Democrats prepare to take over control of the House of Representatives in January.

Comey had sued to block the summons last week, contending that the sealed testimony would be leaked and distorted by Republicans for political purposes.

House Republicans have also subpoenaed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify about whether her conversations with former President Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac influenced the Clinton investigation.

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