Former FBI Director Seeks To Quash Subpoena To Testify In Russia Investigation

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

Former FBI director James Comey is asking a federal judge to quash a subpoena demanding he testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees next month and postpone the testimony until that request can be ruled on, court filings show.

According to Comey, each testimony resulted in "selective leaks" created to "peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative".

Some Republican lawmakers have joined Trump in contending that Comey went easy on Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while allowing anti-Trump bias in the bureau and the Justice Department to taint the early stages of the continuing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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. "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". Comey did not attend the hearing.

The filing ticks through news reports that detail closed-door testimony by former FBI officials who appeared before the committees, such as Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok, calling them "leaks and related comments by Committee members" that have "unfairly prejudiced these witnesses and hardly served the supposed truth-seeking purpose" of the investigation.

The House demanded that Comey appear for the interview on Monday, prompting the judge to attempt to address the lawsuit quickly.

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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.

Comey filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with three days left before his scheduled appearance before two House committees on the morning of December 3.

Comey provided previous testimony to Congress, both in public and in closed-door sessions, twice in 2016 and three times in 2017. "'But I will resist a 'closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their 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.

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

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