Former FBI Director Comey Sues to Quash House Subpoena
03 December, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Donnie King
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. Kelly told the judge they sought to quash the subpoena because it violated House rules, "harasses the witness", and had no "legitimate goal", adding that it "wreaks of political theater".
He argued that the secrecy of the testimony would allow members of the Joint Committees to leak only the information that would serve their preconceived conclusions about the Justice Department and FBI's actions in 2016, specifically in relation to investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and 2016 election meddling.
Some Republicans immediately lambasted Comey's effort.
Comey also tweeted about the subpoena over the holiday weekend.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said on November 22 that he is open to appearing for a public hearing, but "will resist" a closed-door deposition because of "selective leaking and distortion".
Republican Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote on Twitter, "Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena".
"My interest is in making sure that people get a full and fair view of the facts, very hard to do that in the dark, impossible to do it when people are leaving the dark and saying stuff that ain't true about what happened in the dark, so lets have sunshine", stated Comey. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wrote on Twitter on November 29.
According to court documents, the committee received the letter but "made no further response" until the latest subpoena.
Comey's lawyers cited a Supreme Court ruling born from the Joseph McCarthy Red Scare hearings in the 1950s and argued that the "abusive conduct" of the House investigation is in violation of Congress' own rules and done to "harass and intimidate witnesses". "I hate leaks. I think they undercut the authenticity of the investigation". "What Jim Comey's intentions are, I don't know other than that it's pretty clear he doesn't want to come in and answer the detailed questions that we have".
"So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can't answer all the questions", Gowdy told Fox News on November 19.
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