Former FBI Director James Comey to testify privately Friday


Comey tweeted, "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. This is the closest I can get to public testimony, ' Comey tweeted Sunday. But in an emergency court hearing Friday, Comey's attorneys acknowledged that the request to quash the congressional subpoena was unorthodox, suggesting the motion had little chance of succeeding.

While Comey technically seeks to pause or kill the subpoena, he is using the case to air his accusation that members of the Republican-led House and Senate selectively leak details for their own benefit when they call witnesses to testify in private.

He is expected to be questioned over decisions not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server and the investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign team.

Comey insisted he would only testify in public, not behind closed doors. "Mr. Comey should agree to these terms and see that we have the same objective, which is to find the truth and seek transparency".

Republican lawyers said they wanted to secure Comey's testimony ahead of a report that the committees are planning to release in the coming weeks. Goodlatte (R-Va.) said a transcript of the hearing would be made public within 24 hours.

"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".

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

Because of the deal, Comey has agreed to withdraw his challenge to the subpoena.

They have also claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation made missteps when it applied for a warrant to place former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page under surveillance.

Comey also expressed gratitude to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Trevor McFadden, an appointee of President Donald Trump, who is expected to make a formal ruling Monday.

The December 3 hearing has been largely viewed as an attempt by Republicans to sneak in one more Comey hearing before Democrats take control in one month's time. In addition to Comey, the committee is also seeking testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.