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James Comey
Former
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence
Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June
8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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  • Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday he made a deal
    with Congressional Republicans on offering his testimony for the
    investigation of the FBI’s handling of the probe into Russian
    interference in the 2016 elections.
  • The deal marks a backing off from a monthslong legal fight
    Comey has waged in order to testify publicly.
  • House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte
    previously offered to publicly release Comey’s testimony
    transcript and said Sunday he expected Comey to cooperate
    with Republican lawmakers.

Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted Sunday that he had made a
deal with Congressional Republicans on offering his testimony for
the FBI’s handling of the probe into Russian interference in the
2016 elections.

The deal marks a backing off from a legal fight over a subpoena from Republican
lawmakers that would require him to answer questions about the
FBI and decisions made during the 2016 presidential election.

“Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my
rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in,”
Comey wrote on Twitter, days after the hearing on his challenge
of the subpoena.

“So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk
when done and transcript released in 24 hours,” he added. “This
is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

Comey has demanded that his testimony to the House Judiciary
Committee be public. Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte
offered to publicly release the transcript of Comey’s testimony,
writing on Twitter that it would ensure “transparency and access
for the American people to all the facts.”

Goodlatte said in a Sunday morning Fox News appearance that he
expected Comey to back off his challenge to the Republican-issued
subpoena and speak with GOP lawmakers.

“That, of course, remains to be seen, it hasn’t happened yet,”
Goodlatte admitted in the interview. “But the counsel for the
House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working
cooperatively and I expect that’ll happen.”

After receiving the subpoena from House Republicans in late
November, Comey tweeted that he would object to a
closed-door testimony because of “selective leaking and
distortion” by the committee members.

The former FBI head wrote: “Happy Thanksgiving. Got a
subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the
light and answer all questions. But I will resist a ‘closed door’
thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and
distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to
see.”

Comey’s testimony has been highly sought by Republican lawmakers
and led Goodlatte to issue a subpoena last month
after Comey declined requests in October from the Republican
members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government
Reform committees for testimony.

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