James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

He filed a motion to quash the subpoena on Thursday, accusing Republicans of wanting a closed interview to "peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations through selective leaks".

Mr. Comey says in the court filings he'd be willing to talk publicly, but said the closed-door session the House has planned is a set-up.

Comey has claimed he wants transparency, said Goodlatte, but committee members have already indicated they'd release the transcript of the private interview the day after it takes place. I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions, ' he wrote on Thanksgiving. Comey did not attend the hearing.

No ruling was made Friday on the lawsuit and whether Comey should have to appear before the joint committee. Comey is challenging a subpoena from House Republicans requiring him to testify privately on Monday, at the same time the judge is to announce his decision on the matter.

Comey's legal team argues that the request for a closed-door testimony "exceeds a proper legislative goal, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness".

Former FBI Director James Comey talks backstage before a panel discussion about his book "A Higher Loyalty" on June 19 in Berlin, Germany.

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U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden gave Comey's legal team until 2 p.m. Sunday to reply to the House's response to the lawsuit. He said that the House was not looking to hold a private deposition due to concerns about national security or law enforcement information, but because the deposition process is more efficient.

President Trump has attempted to brand Comey a "leaker" and a "liar" for having kept copious private notes during his time at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then passing them on to a friend.

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

Comey's attorney, David Kelley, said that a closed-door deposition would be an abuse of congressional oversight power. In response, Kelley argued that it's an impossible burden on Comey to detail his testimony after the fact and argued that the public would be left in the dark on body language and other context.

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".

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