Ex-FBI Chief Comey Makes Deal Over House Subpoena

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"Grateful for a fair hearing from judge".

"Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don't believe in", Comey tweeted yesterday after withdrawing his legal challenge in federal court. "So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours", Comey tweeted from his account.

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 expected to be questioned about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Republican Donald Trump's campaign. The committee will give Comey a full transcript of that testimony within 24 hours, which he is free to make public. "Mr. Comey should agree to these terms and see that we have the same goal, which is to find the truth and seek transparency".

His lawyer said an "accommodation" had been reached and that more details would be available later.

Trump fired Comey past year on the grounds that Comey had mishandled the Clinton case, with both then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sending memos expressing agreement with the decision.

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"I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation".

Democrats have complained that the Republican-led inquiry is a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russia-related claims.

McFadden in court Friday noted House lawyers had cited a 1975 Supreme Court ruling, which invoked the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, granting members of Congress immunity from civil suits, or arrest, while performing their duties.

"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".

House Republicans have also subpoenaed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify about whether her conversations with former President Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac influenced the Clinton investigation.