Former FBI Director James Comey withdrew his legal challenge to a subpoena from the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee for him to testify next week behind closed doors.
In a reversal, Comey indicated he reached an agreement with House Republicans in a tweet Sunday — one day before a judge was set to rule on his effort to block the subpoena as Comey hoped to convince lawmakers to allow a public hearing instead.
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.
— James Comey (@Comey) December 2, 2018
Comey filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week after he and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch received subpoenas from Goodlatte compelling them to sit for private depositions this week.
The subpoenas are part of a joint investigation by outgoing Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees into decision-making by the Justice Department and FBI ahead of the 2016 presidential election.