Former FBI Director James Comey agrees to private disposition with House Republicans

James Comey says he has agreed to 'sit in the dark'

After resisting a November subpoena for a "closed door" session from the House, James Comey tweeted Sunday that he reached a deal regarding a "public testimony". "This is the closest I can get to public testimony".

The committee is expected to question Comey about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

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.

Comey sought a public hearing, claiming in a court filing Thursday that he feared "selective leaks" from Republicans.

Comey's statement came after he filed a legal challenged that would force a public hearing.

Comey had filed suit in federal court Thursday to block the subpoena requiring him to testify behind closed doors to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, instead preferring to testify publicly.

Donald Trump meets James Comey in the White House in January
Image James Comey was dismissed by the president in May 2017

"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". He said Republicans, who lead the committee, told him he's free to speak afterward and that a transcript would be released a day later.

Comey said in a tweet Sunday that it was "hard to protect my rights without being in contempt" and that he will "sit in the dark".

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify on May 3, 2017 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

"Whatever the aim of House Republicans, they are likely feeling the need to act quickly before Democrats, who won control of the chamber in elections earlier this month, take over in January".

"It appears Mr. Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena", Goodlatte wrote. In addition to Comey, the committee is also seeking testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. "We will release the transcript of his interview to the public as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

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