Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

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"I think Jim Comey has done the right thing here", Figliuzzi said. "So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I'm free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours", Comey tweeted from his account.

Former FBI agent Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC on Monday that former FBI director James Comey's pending testimony to the lame duck Congress is nothing but a "last ditch" political stunt meant to rile up the Republican base.

Comey had asked federal judge Trevor McFadden to quash the subpoena, complaining that he feared selective leaking of his answers to questions from GOP members of a joint panel made up of members of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and said he would be allowed to "make any or all of that transcript public", Comey's lawyer David Kelley told the news agency.

Republicans argued against Comey's motion to block the subpoena, noting that other current and former FBI officials have testified privately during the course of the committees' investigation of the Clinton and Trump probes.

Comey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Friday. But ahead of an expected ruling, he said Sunday that he would submit to the interview and touted the offer of a transcript release.

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Based on the agreement, Comey was withdrawing his legal motion, and the committee would withdraw its subpoena, Kelley said.

"The counsel for the House and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively, and I expect that will happen".

Democrats have complained that the Republican-led inquiry is a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russia-related claims. He is free to discuss his testimony, which is now voluntary, his lawyer said.

The Kremlin has denied meddling in the USA elections, and Trump denies colluding with Moscow, repeatedly calling the Mueller probe a political "witch hunt" with no basis in fact. Bob Goodlatte, decried Comey's use of "baseless litigation" and called it an "attempt to run out the clock on this Congress", a reference to the few weeks left before Democrats take control.

House Republicans have also subpoenaed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify about whether her conversations with former President Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac influenced the Clinton investigation.

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