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James Comey to Testify in Private, Withdraws Challenge

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Fired FBI Director James Comey (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 02 December 2018 03:27 PM

Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday withdrew his bid to quash a congressional subpoena compelling him to testify in secret about the bureau's decisions on investigations ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Reuters reported.

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

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and said he would be allowed to "make any or all of that transcript public," Comey's lawyer David Kelley told the news agency.

In addition, a representative from the FBI will attend to help advise Comey on what matters related to the bureau he may divulge.

The agreement came a day before lawyers were to appear at a court hearing.

Comey tweeted he was "grateful for a fair hearing" from the judge.

Last week, Comey filed a motion Washington, D.C., federal court to discard the subpoena from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Comey's request that the closed-door deposition be put on hold infuriated Goodlatte, who accused the former director of seeking "special treatment," CNBC reported.

His lawyers had argued the legal action was intended "to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks."

The Judiciary Committee's legal team dismissed that argument, and in a filing branded Comey's effort "extraordinary and frivolous."

Goodlatte subpoenaed Comey on Nov. 21 to testify in a closed-door setting. Loretta Lynch, who served as attorney general under former President Barack Obama, was also subpoenaed by the committee to testify Dec. 4.

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