Comey backs off legal fight

Comey backs off legal fight

Comey backs off legal fight

The case initially was set to be heard by Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, then was reassigned randomly to McFadden, also a Trump appointee, after Kelly likely recused from the case.

He later withdrew his petition on Sunday, agreeing to sit down for the deposition with the ability to release a transcript to the public within 24 hours.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify behind closed doors on Friday before the House Judiciary Committee at the request of Republican lawmakers, his lawyers said, after ending a legal fight to quash their subpoena.

House republicans are investigating how the FBI and the Department of Justice handled investigations into Hillary Clinton's email practices, as well the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Former FBI Director James Comey wrote on Twitter that he will testify privately before a House panel Monday on the condition that he will be able to speak freely afterward and that a public transcript will be released within 24 hours.

Last week, Comey filed a motion Washington, D.C., federal court to discard the subpoena from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

"The counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively, and I expect that will happen".

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

As Comey indicated in his tweet, he will receive a transcript of his testimony and will be free to make public all or part of the transcript as well as any of the questions asked during the interview, Kelley said. And it says he was "personally involved" with the Russian Federation probe and "signed off" on the surveillance warrant for Trump advisor Carter Page, who came under scrutiny for his Russian Federation ties during the campaign.

The agreement came a day before lawyers were to appear at a court hearing.

Mr Comey tweeted: "Grateful for a fair hearing from judge". Democrats assume control of the majority and subpoena power in the new year.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was in office in 2016, was also subpoenaed and ordered to appear this week for closed-door testimony.

Comey's lawyers argued that a closed hearing would allow for 'selective leaks, is abusive to witnesses, and furthers no legitimate congressional goal'.

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