Ex-FBI director Comey challenges House subpoena in court

Ex-FBI director Comey challenges House subpoena in court

Ex-FBI director Comey challenges House subpoena in court

Kennedy said Comey only wants to testify publicly to get attention and increase his brand, so he can charge more for speaking engagements.

The House Judiciary Committee separately subpoenaed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appear for a closed-door interview on December 4.

Comey has been tussling with Republicans on the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees, which are jointly investigating the FBI's decisions on inquiries into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and whether Trump's election campaign coordinated with Russian Federation. I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions, ' he wrote on Thanksgiving.

She said the idea that Comey is trying to dictate the terms of the hearing is "absurd and ridiculous", calling it an affront to Americans who have to follow the letter of the law or face consequences.

"James Comey is going to court to try to squash the House subpoena".

At the heart of the issue is whether Comey should have to answer lawmakers' questions in a closed-door setting rather than one in the public eye.

Mr. Comey says House rules mandate public hearings as the normal practice. Attorneys for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director told the court that the subpoena "exceeds a proper legislative goal, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness", according to the court documents (pdf). Comey's lawyers must respond to the House's filing defending the subpoena by Sunday afternoon, and the judge could issue a ruling on the matter as soon as Monday.

The lawyers claimed House Republicans have leaked portions of testimony from former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, former FBI general counsel James Baker, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

A week earlier, Comey tweeted, "I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".

Comey provided previous testimony to Congress, both in public and in closed-door sessions, twice in 2016 and three times in 2017.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, who sent the subpoena, tweeted Thursday evening that Comey "believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena". He was subpoenaed to appear next week.

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