Comey arrives to testify in House GOP probe

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Comey arrives to testify in House GOP probe

Former FBI Director James Comey arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Friday for a closed deposition with House Republicans about the bureau's decisions on investigations ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Comey arrives to testify in House GOP probe

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former FBI Director James Comey arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Friday for a closed deposition with House Republicans about the bureau's decisions on investigations ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Comey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition.

Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and he will be permitted to "make any or all of that transcript public," Comey's lawyer David Kelley told Reuters in a statement.

In addition, a representative from the FBI will attend to help advise Comey on what matters related to the bureau he may divulge.

Comey is set to testify in secret about the FBI's investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia.

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 U.S. election.

Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies campaign collusion, calling the Mueller investigation a political witch hunt.

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, is seen as an important witness into whether Trump tried to obstruct the special counsel's investigation.

Republicans have said the FBI is biased against Trump, pointing to Comey's decision to publicly announce the FBI would not bring charges against Clinton.

They have also claimed that the FBI made missteps when it applied for a warrant to place former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page under surveillance.

A Justice Department inspector general report earlier this year criticized Comey for his handling of the Clinton matter, but said he did not exhibit political bias.

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