Comey will testify at closed-door hearing, transcript to be public

Comey will testify at closed-door hearing, transcript to be public

"Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don't believe in".

Former FBI Director James Comey withdrew his legal objection on Sunday to a congressional subpoena for his closed-door testimony, opening the door at the last minute for House Republicans to grill him about a range of controversies with their last gasp of majority power.

At the heart of the case is whether the panel should be able to force Comey to testify in secret about the FBI's investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, issued a statement Sunday that confirmed the plan.

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.

Comey tweeted he was "grateful for a fair hearing" from the judge.

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A transcript of the interview will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency", Goodlatte said.

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.

Comey is set to receive a transcript of his testimony and will have the option of making public part or all of it.

An FBI representative will also be on hand to offer advice about the disclosure of FBI information.

The testimony will center on an investigation by Goodlatte and other House Republicans into the FBI and Justice Department's handlings of probes into former Secretary of State's Hillary Clinton's email practices and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Mr. Comey chose to file a motion to quash despite clear Supreme Court precedent setting forth Congress' authority to issue subpoenas compelling testimony before its committees".

"If Mr. Comey's deposition were to be stayed, it would have a profound impact on the Committee's investigation and prevent the Committee from providing a full accounting of DOJ's actions in 2016".

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