James Comey Takes Back Legal Challenge to GOP Subpoena

James Comey

On Sunday, James Comey, former FBI director announced to drop his legal challenge to House Republicans for compelling him to testify in behind the doors about the political bias and mismanagement that took place under him during the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign probes.

Comey’s lawyers had countered the GOP’s subpoena and insisted on a public hearing. The documents submitted by Comey’s lawyers in the court said that Republicans’ demand for behind the door testimony “exceeds a proper legislative purpose, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness.”

However, James Comey eased after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., agreed to make Comey’s testimony public. The former FBI director was scheduled to testify on Monday, but is now expected to testify by the end of this week.

On Sunday, Comey took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”

In a statement, Goodlatte said, “I was disappointed that Mr. Comey filed a motion to quash the subpoena sent to him to appear for our investigation. Mr. Comey chose to file a motion to quash despite clear Supreme Court precedent setting forth Congress’ authority to issue subpoenas compelling testimony before its committees. There was no need to use baseless litigation in an attempt to run out the clock on this Congress, and I am glad that it was withdrawn.”

He further added: “Mr. Comey will join us for a closed-door transcribed interview later this week. We will release the transcript of his interview to the public as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency.”

James Comey was fired by President Trump in May 2017. Following his departure, Comey leaked memos of his one-on-one interactions with Trump that hinted Trump had sought improperly to influence the Russia probe. In return, Trump accused Comey of circulating classified information, tagging him a “proven liar and leaker.”

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