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

James Comey Attorney Argues Closed Door Deposition Would Allow GOP to Take'Shots at This Guy in a Dark Alley

James Comey Attorney Argues Closed Door Deposition Would Allow GOP to Take'Shots at This Guy in a Dark Alley

"Mr. Comey asks this court's intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks", the court documents read.

GOP lawmakers who are investigating the FBI's role in the 2016 presidential election have sent summons to both Comey and former attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The unusual filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 30 came after Comey previously told Republican lawmakers he would only agree to testify if the hearing were open to the public.

Comey's lawyers, Vincent Cohen, rett Kohlhofer, David Kelley, Jeffrey Brown, and Kaitlyn Walsh of Dechert LLP, also cited numerous leaks from closed testimony that ended up in the press.

Gowdy pointed out in a separate interview that Comey used the public setting as an excuse to not answer almost 100 questions during his prior public appearances.

She said the idea that Comey is trying to dictate the terms of the hearing is "absurd and ridiculous", calling it an affront to Americans who have to follow the letter of the law or face consequences. He needs to appear before the Committees, as all other witnesses have done. Add James Comey as an interest to stay up to date on the latest James Comey news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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But they could join with other Democratic insurgents to send the election into overtime when the floor would open to new nominees. Brian Higgins of NY changed course and agreed to support Pelosi after a 72-hour effort she initiated to win him over.

The case was randomly assigned by the court Thursday night to Judge Trevor N. McFadden, a Trump appointee.

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Mr. Comey says House rules mandate public hearings as the normal practice.

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".

Pavlich said Comey's demand is "enraging", pointing out that regular civilians don't get to negotiate terms if they are subpoenaed by Congress.

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". He was subpoenaed to appear next week.

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