Former FBI director James Comey has backed down from his legal challenge and agreed to testify in private to the House of Representatives judiciary committee.
"Grateful for a fair hearing from judge".
During Friday's court session, Thomas G. Hungar, the general counsel for the Judiciary Committee, said Comey would be free to speak to reporters after his Hill appearance and to release a transcript, something that is typically available within a day.
"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. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director tweeted about the deal as well, writing, "This is the closest I can get to public testimony".
Comey resisted his November subpoena from House Republicans due to "their selective leaking and distortion".
Comey pushed back on the subpoena after he received it last month, saying he would be willing to testify in a public setting but did not believe a private interview would be proper.
"Mr. Comey appreciates the Court's attention to the above-captioned matter, but has now reached an acceptable accommodation with U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for voluntary testimony", Comey's lawyers wrote in a court filing Sunday.
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According to Comey , each testimony resulted in "selective leaks " created to "peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative". Comey's attorney, David Kelley, said that a closed-door deposition would be an abuse of congressional oversight power.
Following his tweet, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte tweeted that he had offered the former FBI Director a deal to make his transcripts public following his testimony.
Trump fired Comey a year ago 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.
He is expected to be questioned over decisions not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server and the investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign team.
A transcript of the interview will be released "as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency", Goodlatte said.
Lawyers for the committee ridiculed Comey on Friday for his "grandiose demand" to offer testimony in public, where TV cameras would turn his answers into endlesly replayde video clips.
Under the agreement, Comey will withdraw his legal motion and the committee will withdraw its subpoena, according to the report.