Former FBI Director James Comey Will Testify Privately

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"I think Jim Comey has done the right thing here", Figliuzzi said. "This is the closest I can get to public testimony", Comey tweeted.

Comey challenged a subpoena issued by Rep.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on November 28 tweeted that Republicans were set to go ahead with what Comey has now agreed to.

Comey is expected to be questioned about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Republican Donald Trump's campaign.

Democrats have said the Republican-led inquiry is an attempt to undermine the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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

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.

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

"The broader objective of these tweets and leaks appears to be to mislead the public and to undermine public confidence in the FBI and the DOJ during a time when President Trump and members of his administration and campaign team are reported to be under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other law enforcement authorities", Comey wrote in his complaint.

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

Mr Comey, who was sacked by the president past year, had tried to quash the subpoena ordering him to answer questions in private.

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

On Thursday, Comey moved to quash the subpoena and maintained that House Republicans would selectively leak his testimony. In the new Congress, Democrats take the majority in the House and Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY is likely to be the new chairman.

Comey was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2017, followed closely by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation. The committees also want to hear from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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