His attorney, David Kelly, confirmed that the challenged will be dropped and Comey will have to answer questions.
However, the one concession, which was fairly crafty by the GOP, was as part of the deal, the transcripts will be released to the public.
Comey tweeted Sunday that he had reached a deal with Republican lawmakers.
“Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in,” Comey wrote right after a hearing on his challenge.
“So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours,” he added. “This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”
Comey withdrew a motion to quash the subpoena.
The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, offered last week to let the transcript be released, so many people wonder what changed between now and then, but speculate that Comey was about to lose in court.
The testimony concerns the probe into so-called Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the committee panel was confident that Comey’s attempt to avoid scrutiny would not succeed.
Goodlatte told Fox News yesterday, “I expect that later today Mr. Comey will withdraw his motion to quash our subpoena and agree to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview.”
“That of course remains to be seen, it hasn’t happened yet, but the counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively and I expect that’ll happen.”
A judge intended to rule on Comey’s challenge to the subpoena on Monday morning, barring a deal.
Comey’s legal team had argued that the GOP would try to “peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russia investigations through selective leaks” if he was not interviewed publicly.
“Thomas Hungar, the general counsel for the House of Representatives, had challenged the legitimacy of Comey’s legal push, saying it was unprecedented for courts to block congressional efforts to subpoena a witness.”
“In October, the former FBI director declined requests from the GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees for his testimony,” which prompted Goodlatte to issue the subpoena.
Although Comey was supposed to appear today, that move has been pushed to Tuesday.
Many people hope Americans will finally get some real answers concerning the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel and its weird timing surrounding Comey, along with his many other unscrupulous actions.
I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation. This ensures both transparency and access for the American people to all the facts.
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) November 28, 2018