James Comey Files Petition Challenging House GOP Subpoena

James Comey Files Petition Challenging House GOP Subpoena

James Comey Files Petition Challenging House GOP Subpoena

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.

While Comey technically seeks to pause or kill the subpoena, he is using the case to air his accusation that members of Congress in the Republican-led House and Senate selectively leak details for their own benefit when they call witnesses to testify in private. Lynch was subpoenaed to answer questions in a closed-door session on Tuesday, the day after Comey. A final hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Monday, meaning the original subpoena for Comey to provide his deposition would have to be pushed back to Tuesday.

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".

Judge Trevor McFadden scheduled a 2 p.m. hearing on the motion for November 30. Add James Comey as an interest to stay up to date on the latest James Comey news, video, and analysis from ABC News.


Lawyers for Comey filed the motion on Thursday in an attempt to keep him from having to appear before House Republicans in a closed-door meeting on Monday.

The joint committees have interviewed several key current and former FBI and DOJ officials involved in either one or both of the Clinton and Trump investigations, including former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI officials Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jonathan Moffa, and James Baker, and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. 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. "'But I will resist a 'closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion.

His attorneys accused Republicans of peddling a "corrosive narrative" that Clinton "committed serious crimes and was given unwarranted leniency by an Federal Bureau of Investigation and [Department of Justice] DOJ that were loyal to her and her party, and that Trump has, by contrast, been saddled with unwarranted scrutiny, for purely partisan political reasons, by that same Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ".

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

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