James Comey Asks Judge To Block GOP Efforts For Closed-Door Testimony

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, moved to block a subpoena from Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.

In their filing to quash the subpoena, Comey's lawyers said Republicans could use the meeting to engage in "selective leaking" of materials which would only server to strengthen the Republican narrative.

Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the Republican led-House Judiciary Committee to discuss decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Republican Donald Trump's campaign.

The November 21 congressional subpoena ordering Comey to appear for a closed-door deposition on December 3 was issued as part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee. Lynch was subpoenaed to answer questions in a closed-door session on Tuesday, the day after Comey.

Comey is not expected to attend Friday's hearing in person.

The narrative, they claim, is that Clinton has "committed serious crimes but was given unwarranted leniency", whereas the president has been "been saddled with unwarranted scrutiny, for purely partisan political reasons, by the same Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ". He needs to appear before the Committees, as all other witnesses have done.

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"Today my legal team filed court papers to try to get transparency from House Republicans", Comey said on Twitter.

"The subpoena, which calls for a closed, non-public deposition of Mr. Comey, exceeds a proper legislative objective, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness", Comey's legal team argued in their lawsuit filed on Thursday.

According to The New York Times, Trump wanted to order the Department of Justice to investigate Comey and Clinton, but the white house counsel repelled his decision out of worries that it would potentially create political clashes.

"The remedy is not to have a professional wrestling-type carnival atmosphere, which is what congressional public hearings have become", Gowdy said, adding that it was not his decision to make.

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.

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