Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

After attempting to quash a congressional subpoena for his testimony, former FBI Director James Comey has reversed course, standing down and agreeing to testify in private.

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

According to text of the agreement between Comey and the Judiciary Committee posted online by BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman, a transcript will be made available within 24 hours, "or as soon as is reasonably practical".

"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. "This is the closest I can get to public testimony", Comey wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.

In a legal brief and then in an oral argument before U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden in Washington, Kelley said he anxious that if Comey's hearing were closed, Republicans would selectively leak parts of his deposition.

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

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

Relentless City go five clear with win over Bournemouth
Manchester United were playing the late game at Southampton on a day dominated by matches between teams in the bottom half. Newcastle's run of three straight wins came to an end after a 3-0 loss to West Ham at St James' Park.

Democrats have said the Republican-led inquiry is an attempt to undermine the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The Kremlin has denied meddling in the USA elections, and Trump denies colluding with Moscow, repeatedly calling the Mueller probe a political "witch hunt" with no basis in fact. 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.

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.

"Got a subpoena from House Republicans".

Kelley accused lawmakers of pushing for a closed hearing so they can selectively leak portions of Comey's testimony to undermine Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The agreement was reached a day before lawyers were to appear again in court. A representative for Lynch declined comment last Friday when asked about the subpoena.

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