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Former FBI Director James Comey recently found himself in an unusual position: he launched a legal suit against Republicans in Congress to resist a congressional subpoena so that he would not have to testify in a closed-door hearing.
In the agreement, the committee will have to release a transcript of the interview and Comey will be allowed to release its contents. It is unclear if the committee will redact parts of the transcript prior to release:
Former FBI Director James Comey has dropped his legal challenge seeking to quash a Republican congressional subpoena and will agree to a closed-door deposition on Dec. 7 about the FBI’s decision making on investigations leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.
As part of a new agreement with the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers have agreed to release a full transcript of Comey’s testimony within 24 hours, and he in turn is free to make all or part of it available to the public, his lawyer David Kelley said.
Comey took to social media and announced his decision to comply with the subpoena.
“Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony,” Comey said in a tweet.