Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Former FBI director Comey files action to quash Republican congressional subpoena

Former FBI director Comey files action to quash Republican congressional subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey moved Thursday to block a subpoena from the Republican-led House of Representatives, saying the closed-door interview demanded by lawmakers would be selectively leaked for political purposes.

But Comey argues that a closed hearing would allow for 'selective leaks, is abusive to witnesses, and furthers no legitimate congressional goal, ' according to a court filing by his lawyers.

Both Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch received the summons last Wednesday from GOP lawmakers who are investigating the FBI's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey, who has testified publicly on Capitol Hill about both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations, balked at the subpoena because he said committees were prone to selectively reveal information for political purposes.

Despite Comey's complaints, members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees are adamant that he testify behind closed doors. "I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions".

In court documents, they wrote that House committees had been leaking to "support a false political narrative, while subjecting the witnesses to a variety of abuse". He needs to appear before the Committees, as all other witnesses have done.

Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Donald Trump, said he wanted to review the case over the weekend before making a ruling and scheduled a follow-up hearing for Monday at 10 a.m. 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.

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

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director previously said he would "resist a "closed door" testimony because he has seen enough of Republicans' "selective leaking and distortion".

Hungar told the judge that such a concern was not warranted because the closed-door deposition was not confidential and anyone, including Comey, could say publicly whatever they pleased about the contents of the meeting.

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

Comey was first asked to appear before the joint committee voluntarily but declined, resulting in the subpoena.

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