James Comey, GOP end standoff on testimony

Hannah Rogers
December 5, 2018

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. A lawyer for Congress, however, argued that committees can conduct investigations however they please and Comey had no right to refuse a subpoena or demand a public hearing.

Goodlatte and other House Republicans have been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of separate probes into Hillary Clinton's email practices and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and with just a few weeks left before he leaves Congress, Goodlatte has moved to compel testimony from Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"The counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively, and I expect that will happen". He responded by leaking information to the press from his private memos about a trio of meetings with the president, in the hope that insider news stories would result in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey will be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee this week.

"Grateful for a fair hearing from judge", he tweeted Sunday. "So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours", Comey tweeted. Comey had been pushing for a public hearing.

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Comey resisted his November subpoena from House Republicans due to "their selective leaking and distortion". While Comey says Republicans have agreed to his terms, a ruling has not yet been officially issued.

On Sunday, Goodlatte issued a statement saying the transcript of Comey's testimony would be released to the public "as soon as possible" after the interview "in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

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Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies campaign collusion, calling the Mueller investigation a political witch hunt.

Comey said Republicans will allow him to speak freely to the public and transcripts will be made available 24 hours after the hearing. In 2016, after the then-FBI director announced the agency would not recommend seeking charges for Clinton's use of a private email server.

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