"Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don't believe in".
During Friday's court session, Thomas G. Hungar, the general counsel for the Judiciary Committee, said Comey would be free to speak to reporters after his Hill appearance and to release a transcript, something that is typically available within a day. "This is the closest I can get to public testimony". But in an emergency court hearing Friday, Comey's attorneys acknowledged that the request to quash the congressional subpoena was unorthodox, suggesting the motion had little chance of succeeding. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican head of the House Judiciary Committee, to appear before the panel.
Comey insisted he would only testify in public, not behind closed doors.
Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI's investigations in 2016.
Comey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Friday.
On Sunday, Goodlatte issued a statement saying the transcript of Comey's testimony would be released to the public "as soon as possible" after the interview "in the name of our combined desire for transparency". In theory, Comey could lose his court challenge and still win what he's seeking, if he manages to convince the judge to pause his subpoena until the House flips to Democratic control at year's end. But ahead of an expected ruling, he said Sunday that he would submit to the interview and touted the offer of a transcript release.
"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". And it says he was "personally involved" with the Russian Federation probe and "signed off" on the surveillance warrant for Trump advisor Carter Page, who came under scrutiny for his Russian Federation ties during the campaign.
Judge Trevor McFadden said at the hearing that he hoped to rule Monday morning after meeting again with both legal teams.
The Republican-led inquiry into the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in a race against time to produce conclusions because it will be shut down as Democrats prepare to take over control of the House of Representatives in January. The committees also want to hear from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.