Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Former FBI Director James Comey

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday he will testify before Congress this week after dropping a challenge to a House subpoena.

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

Comey will answer questions about his handling of the FBI's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and the agency's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 general election.

"I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation", Goodlatte tweeted.

Comey's lawyers argued that a closed hearing would allow for 'selective leaks, is abusive to witnesses, and furthers no legitimate congressional goal'. But in an emergency court hearing Friday, Comey's attorneys acknowledged that the request to quash the congressional subpoena was unorthodox, suggesting the motion had little chance of succeeding.

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Comey, whose lawyers went to court to challenge a congressional subpoena, said in a tweet that it was "hard to protect my rights without being in contempt".

At the heart of the case is whether the panel should be able to force Comey 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 Russian Federation. He said Republicans, who lead the committee, told him he's free to speak afterward and that a transcript would be released a day later.

Comey has received a subpoena from the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee before.

A declaration by the general counsel and parliamentarian for the House Judiciary mafe a case for why Comey's testimony was fair to demand, while also spelling out how Republicans plan to use it to undermine the origins of the Russian Federation probe as well as his decision to end the Clinton email probe during an election year. "We will release the transcript of his interview to the public as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency".

Goodlatte appeared on Fox News earlier on Sunday and said he expected Comey to "withdraw" his subpoena.

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