‘This ensures both transparency and access for the American people to all the facts…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before Congress in a private hearing this week after reaching a deal with Republicans.
Comey will testify next Friday, according to his lawyer, David Kelly. Republicans subpoenaed Comey months ago but specified that his testimony would not be given in a public setting. Comey challenged the subpoena, and Republicans agreed to hold a private hearing but allow him to publish a transcript and talk freely about the testimony 24 hours after it concludes.
Comey demanded a public hearing, claiming that without “accountability,” the GOP would try to “peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russia investigations through selective leaks.”
The move helps ensure that the committees will not use any of Comey’s statements out of context to score political points, while also preventing Comey from attempting any political grandstanding of his own.
Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.
— James Comey (@Comey) December 2, 2018
The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., helped cut the deal and offered to release the transcript of Comey’s private testimony, as long as he agreed to appear.
I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation. This ensures both transparency and access for the American people to all the facts.
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) November 28, 2018