Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoena

James Comey Modal Trigger James Comey AP
| 05 December, 2018, 03:13

'Grateful for a fair hearing from judge.

"I think Jim Comey has done the right thing here", Figliuzzi said.

"This is the closest I can get to public testimony", he wrote.

A judge had been set to issue a ruling on Comey's request to quash the subpoena and halt congressional proceedings - a request that has never previously been granted by a judge in the United States.

Comey will appear before several House panels on Monday with Republican's agreeing he will be able to openly talk about the discussions following the completion of his testimony.

After attempting to quash a congressional subpoena for his testimony, former FBI Director James Comey has reversed course, standing down and agreeing to testify in private. "Mr. Comey should agree to these terms and see that we have the same goal, which is to find the truth and seek transparency".

"I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation". He is free to discuss his testimony, which is now voluntary, his lawyer said.


"If Mr. Comey's deposition were to be stayed, it would have a profound impact on the Committee's investigation and prevent the Committee from providing a full accounting of DOJ's actions in 2016".

The Kremlin has denied meddling in the US elections, and Trump denies colluding with Moscow, repeatedly calling the Mueller probe a political "witch hunt" with no basis in fact.

Comey sought a public hearing, claiming in a court filing Thursday that he feared "selective leaks" from Republicans.

Comey was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2017, followed closely by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation.

The agreement was reached a day before lawyers were to appear again in court.

"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".

A declaration by the general counsel and parliamentarian for the House Judiciary mafe a case for why Comey's testimony was fair to demand, while also spelling out how Republicans plan to use it to undermine the origins of the Russian Federation probe as well as his decision to end the Clinton email probe during an election year.

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