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Former FBI Director James Comey has blinked, agreeing to testify in a closed-door session over a series of controversies, including his department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton private server investigation and the subsequent Russian collusion probe.
Comey announced that he had received a subpoena to testify on Thanksgiving but indicated he would “resist a ‘closed door’ thing” due to concerns of selective leaking on the part of lawmakers.
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“Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see,” he challenged.
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Comey then followed that up by filing a lawsuit in federal court late last week, again demanding a public forum.
“Mr. Comey asks this Court’s intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the (panel) from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks,” read the court filing.
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It took all of a handful of days for Comey to cave and give up on his publicity stunt, agreeing to testify behind closed doors.
He and his legal team struck a deal with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that would allow him to publish a transcript of the hearing within a 24-hour timeframe. And by struck a deal, we mean Goodlatte allowed it as Comey had absolutely no footing on the matter.
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Comey, it was agreed, would also be allowed to talk about the testimony which is likely a dream scenario from the prima donna former FBI head.
The reality is, Comey had little standing to make any demands of the Committee. As the Daily Mail reports, “Subpoenaed witnesses aren’t entitled to dictate the terms under which they deliver testimony on Capitol...
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