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James Comey Reportedly Willing to Testify, But Wants to Do So Publicly

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Yesterday we reported that ousted FBI director James Comey declined an invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify next Tuesday. Well, it seems that Comey is actually willing to testify, just not behind closed doors.

His testimony next week reportedly would have been behind closed doors, but according to The New York Times, he wants to go public if he does testify:

Mr. Comey made no comment, but later in the day he declined a request to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public.

Comey himself has stayed out of the spotlight, though there have been a number of leaks attributed to people close to him responding to a number of claims made by President Trump and the White House.

Most notably, in response to Trump’s threatening “tapes” tweet, someone close to Comey responded by saying he “hopes” there are tapes.

The Times report also contains this tidbit related to the “tapes” issue:

Allies and former employees of Mr. Trump have long said that he taped some of his own phone calls, as well as meetings in Trump Tower. During the campaign, Mr. Trump’s aides told reporters that they feared their offices were bugged and that they were careful about what they said.

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