Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to U.S. House panel subpoena

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

"This is the closest I can get to public testimony", Comey wrote.

While Comey technically seeks to pause or kill the subpoena, he is using the case to air his accusation that members of the Republican-led House and Senate selectively leak details for their own benefit when they call witnesses to testify in private.

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.

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

According to Comey's lawyer, David Kelley, "The Judiciary Committee will make available to Mr. Comey a full transcript of that testimony within 24 hours" or "as soon as is reasonably practicable". Earlier on Sunday, committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said he expected Comey to drop the legal challenge.

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The Republican-led inquiry has been lambasted by Democrats as a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

"I was disappointed that Mr. Comey filed a motion to quash the subpoena sent to him to appear for our investigation", he 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.

House Republicans issued subpoenas to Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch last month and Comey issued a challenge, saying he would prefer a public hearing instead of a closed-door session.

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.

The agreement came a day before lawyers were to appear at a court hearing. In the new Congress, Democrats take the majority in the House and Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY is likely to be the new chairman.

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