“I have just offered to Director Comey that the Committees will publicly release the transcript of his testimony following the interview for our investigation,” Goodlatte wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
A lawyer for Congress argued that committees can conduct investigations however they please and Comey had no right to refuse a subpoena or demand a public hearing.
Comey, whose lawyers went to court to challenge a congressional subpoena, said in a tweet that it was “hard to protect my rights without being in contempt”.
Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoena
Ousted FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, D.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Twitter that he will testify privately with House Republicans and has dropped a legal challenge that was part of an effort to make sure any hearing would be public.
Comey said he agreed to drop the legal challenge after Republican lawmakers agreed he could talk about his testimony freely and would be handed a transcript of the exchange within 24 hours.
But now that an agrement has ben reached, Comey said he would withdraw his lawsuit and the House Judiciary Committee would quash its subpoena.
The Judiciary Committee's legal team dismissed that argument, and in a filing branded Comey's effort "extraordinary and frivolous."
Ex-FBI head James Comey drops challenge to US House panel subpoena, will take part in closed-door deposition
Comey is expected to be questioned about decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Comey's request that the closed-door deposition be put on hold infuriated Goodlatte, who accused the former director of seeking "special treatment" His lawyers had argued that the legal action was intended "to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks."
Comey drops legal challenge to GOP subpoena, agrees to testify privately
Last week, Comey filed a motion Washington, D.C. federal court to discard the subpoena from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
The interview is scheduled for Friday and Comey will be “free to make any or all of that transcript public as he is free to share with the public any of the questions asked and testimony given during the interview”, said his attorney, David Kelley.
Ex-FBI chief stops challenging US House secret testimony subpoena
NEW: Lawyer: Comey drops legal challenge to Republican congressional subpoena and will agree to closed-door deposition, but lawmakers agreed to release full transcript of his testimony within 24 hours, and he in turn is free to make all or part of it available to the public.
On Friday, Comey’s lawyers told a federal judge the interview should be done in a public setting because they feared statements would be selectively leaked as part of Republican efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference and links between aides to Donald Trump and Moscow.
James Comey reaches deal with Congressional Republicans to testify about 2016 investigations, drops legal challenge
The hearing is part of an effort by Republicans to take one last stab at questioning Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on how they handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server as well as a probe into Russian interference in the election before they’re forced to turn control of the House over to Democrats.