Former FBI Director James Comey talks backstage before a panel discussion about his book "A Higher Loyalty" on June 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
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November 22, 2018

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee has subpoenaed former FBI chief James Comey to make himself available for an interview, but he only wants to do it if the event is public.

Comey says he’ll resist appearing behind closed doors Dec. 3. He says of House Republicans: “I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.”

The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, subpoenaed Comey as part of an investigation into what some Republicans consider FBI bias against Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Comey tweets: “I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions.” But not privately.

House Republicans are in their final weeks of controlling the chamber before Democrats take over in January.

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