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


But Hungar told the judge that Comey had been subpoenaed for a deposition, not a full committee hearing, and that depositions are always closed, whether in Congress or in civil suits around the country. "So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours", he said. "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".

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

They will likely ask him about the FBI's decisions in 2016 that determined the outcome of a investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's illicit use, while secretary of state, of a private email server where more than 100 classified documents were open to unfriendly governments' prying eyes. "But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion". "Mr. Comey should agree to these terms and see that we have the same goal, which is to find the truth and seek transparency".

"I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation", Goodlatte tweeted.

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 initially went to court to fight it.

The Kremlin has denied meddling in the USA elections, and Trump denies colluding with Moscow, repeatedly calling the Mueller probe a political "witch hunt" with no basis in fact.

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Trump fired Comey previous year on the grounds that Comey had mishandled the Clinton case, with both then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sending memos expressing agreement with the decision.

The agreement was reached a day before lawyers were to appear again in court.

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.

Mr Comey tweeted: "Grateful for a fair hearing from judge". The committees also want to hear from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

On Thursday, Comey moved to quash the subpoena and maintained that House Republicans would selectively leak his testimony.