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After Comey declined to give Senate private testimony, sources say he dropped bombshell about going public

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Word broke on Friday that former FBI director James Comey declined a Senate invitation to testify in a close door hearing.

But sources have now claimed that the reason he declined the invite was because his preference is to testify publicly.

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Comey’s decision to not testify on Tuesday in a closed-door session came hours after President Donald Trump seemed to warn the former FBI director on Twitter, hinting at the existence of “tapes” of their conversations.

Conversations in which, the president said, Comey told him that he was not under investigation.

Some speculated on social media that Comey’s decision not to testify might have been because he was intimidated by the threat.

But a source familiar with the situation told CNN that Comey was “not worried about any tapes” and added that “if there is a tape, there’s nothing he is worried about.”

And now a “close associate” of the former director told the New York Times that it is Comey’s preference to testify in public.

Such a move would undoubtedly be one of the most watched hearings in history and brings to mind President Trump’s charge that the FBI’s former top man is a “showboat” and a “grandstander.”

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Carmine Sabia

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