Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Comey had been pushing for a public hearing.

"I expect that later today Mr. Comey will withdraw his motion to quash our subpoena and agree to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview", Goodlatte said.

Comey tweeted, "Grateful for a fair hearing from judge".

At the heart of the case is whether the panel should be able to force Mr Comey to testify in secret about the FBI's investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server and whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

In a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures", House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., previewed Comey's move, telling host Maria Bartiromo that he expected Comey would withdraw his motion. Comey is then "free to make any or all of that transcript public as he is free to share with the public any of the questions asked and testimony given during the interview".

He said that he will testify "in the dark" but that Republicans had agreed he is "free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours". "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".

Sunday's announcement came after both sides appeared in court on Friday as Comey sought to testify in a public setting rather than behind closed doors.

But Hungar told the judge that Comey had been subpoenaed for a deposition, not a full committee hearing, and that depositions are always closed, whether in Congress or in civil suits around the country.

The committee is expected to question Comey about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

Goodlatte said Wednesday that he had told Comey they would release the transcript of his testimony and pressed for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to submit to the interview.

But the hearing is one of several planned by House Republicans in the lame duck session, before Democrats assume the House majority in January, which will focus on the activities and investigations of Clinton.

"Mr. Comey appreciates the Court's attention to the above-captioned matter, but has now reached an acceptable accommodation with U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for voluntary testimony", Comey's lawyers wrote in a court filing Sunday.

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