Former FBI Director James Comey said today that he will testify before the US Congress in private next week after reaching an agreement with the Republicans in the framework of the investigations of the direction of that federal agency and the Department of Justice between 2016 and 2017.
"Grateful for a fair hearing … I will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree that I am free to speak when I finish and that the transcript is published in 24 hours." This is as close as I can get. get public testimony, "said Comey on his official Twitter account.
Although there is no official confirmation, several local media have indicated that Comey will testify in Congress next Friday.
As part of the agreement with the Republicans, Comey agreed to withdraw a motion he filed this week to nullify a prior subpoena from the US House of Representatives, which is investigating the direction of the FBI and the Justice Department during the scandal that affected to the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with the use of her email.
The controversy over e-mails broke out in early 2015, when US media revealed that, during his four years with the State Department, Clinton used a personal account for his communications at all times.
In fact, Clinton used a particular server to send and store emails that he generated in the performance of his duties at the head of the State Department for four years, a position he held in 2009 at the beginning of 2013.
Comey then played an unusual role for an FBI director during the 2016 election process, ending the investigation of Clinton without presenting charges against the Democratic candidate.
The chairman of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, Republican Bob Goodlatte, and other colleagues of his party are investigating this cause and the possible interference of Russia in the 2016 presidential elections.
For that reason, the committee summoned Comey and the former US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to declare Congress.
Comey was appointed by the former president of the United States, Barack Obama (2009-2017), as director of the FBI and played important roles in the Department of Justice under the orders of Republican President George W. Bush.
US President Donald Trump dismissed Comey in May for his mismanagement of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, but Democrats and some Republicans believe that, in fact, Trump did it to try to control the investigation of the Russian plot.