Comey makes deal over House subpoena

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Comey wrote Sunday on Twitter that he was "grateful for a fair hearing from judge". 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". "So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours", he said. 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. Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and he will be permitted to "make any or all of that transcript public", Comey's lawyer David Kelley told Reuters in a statement.

With time running out on the Republicans' hold on Congress, members want to move ahead quickly with their inquiry on how the FBI handled the investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and Russia's interference of the 2016 election.

James Comey, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said Sunday he would agree to a private deposition with House Republicans.

"That, of course, remains to be seen, it hasn't happened yet, but the counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively and I expect that'll happen", he added.

Comey also had asked McFadden to put an immediate halt to the joint committee proceedings that led to his subpoena, a request of the kind that no judge in US history has ever granted. "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".

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

He sued quash the subpoena, expressing his wariness of "selective leaking" being used to paint a distorted partisan picture of his testimony.

Early on Sunday, two days after Comey's attorney conceded in court that no federal trial judge had ever batted down a House subpoena, the former Federal Bureau of Investigations chief - who was sacked by President Donald Trump in 2017 - withdrew his request.

"Whatever the aim of House Republicans, they are likely feeling the need to act quickly before Democrats, who won control of the chamber in elections earlier this month, take over in January".

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who also was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee to appear behind closed doors on Tuesday, is negotiating with the committee to appear at a later date, according to two sources familiar with the discussions, who say the Obama appointee is not expected to appear next week.

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