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Comey to sit for closed door session with lawmakers on Friday

December 3, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey will be interviewed behind closed doors by lawmakers Friday morning, according to a House Judiciary Committee aide.

GOP chairmen, who are about to lose power in the new Congress in January, have been trying to bring Mr. Comey to Capitol Hill to explain his decisions related to the 2016 election, particularly investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email and the probe into Russian activities during the campaign.

But Mr. Comey filed a motion to halt their subpoena and delay the proceedings last week, with his attorney telling a federal judge on Friday he would talk publicly. Mr. Comey’s team believed the closed-door House session is a set-up to “peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks.”

He later withdrew his petition on Sunday, agreeing to sit down for the deposition with the ability to release a transcript to the public within 24 hours.

Lawyers had told the judge his testimony would take place Tuesday, but the meeting has since been pushed back to 10 a.m. on Friday.

According to the committee aide, the deposition was delayed due to the funeral of the late President George H.W. Bush.

The 41st president, who passed away Friday at the age of 94, will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Monday through Wednesday.

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