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But Hungar told the judge that Comey had been subpoenaed for a deposition, not a full committee hearing, and that depositions are always closed, whether in Congress or in civil suits around the country. So [I] will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours.

Comey made the announcement on Twitter after saying he reached a deal with Republicans to make the private testimony after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., agreed to make his comments public in their entirety after the hearing.

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.

Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday that he would sit for a private deposition with House Republicans after filing a legal challenge to force a public hearing.

"The counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively, and I expect that will happen".

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

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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 USA election. He also predicted Comey would be making the rounds on television news and discussing his testimony in detail.

The December 3 hearing has been largely viewed as an attempt by Republicans to sneak in one more Comey hearing before Democrats take control in one month's time.

His lawyers had argued the legal action was intended "to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks".

In a recent tweet, Comey thanked the judge for giving him a fair hearing and said it was hard to protect his rights without being in contempt of court.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was in office in 2016, was also subpoenaed and ordered to appear this week for closed-door testimony.


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