Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to sit for a transcribed interview with leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees October 24, the panels' chairmen announced Thursday evening.
Rod Rosenstein was sworn in as deputy attorney general in April 2017.
Goodlatte had said he would consider issuing a subpoena for Rosenstein's testimony, if he failed to show up for an interview.
Goodlatte and Gowdy added that the interview will be held in a secure room and that a transcript will be released after the intelligence community reviews it for classified information.
However, former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition earlier this month that two senior FBI officials at the time told him they believed Rosenstein was "serious". "He should do so immediately", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters, questioning the deputy attorney general's "candor" and accusing him of intentionally avoiding an interview with lawmakers.
"Mueller and his team have to provide a confidential report to Rosenstein at the end of the investigation". But Trump later declared Rosenstein's job safe.
Baker, who left the bureau earlier this year, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors Thursday about the genesis of the FBI's Russian Federation case and about the surveillance warrant application for Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russian Federation probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two US officials.
Rosenstein seemed like he was a lock to be fired or to resign from his post just a couple of weeks ago after the New York Times claiming he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and suggested wearing a wire to record the president.
In his conversation with the Journal, Rosenstein did not specify when Mueller's investigation would come to a close.