Comey resists closed-door Congress interview on Federal Bureau of Investigation actions
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 24, 2018,
Nov 24, 2018, 0:11
The House Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas for former FBI director James Comey and former attorney general Loretta Lynch to appear for closed-door interviews in a probe of how federal law enforcement officials handled investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign's alleged Russian Federation ties.
Comey says he'll resist appearing behind closed doors December 3.
The request from House Republicans isn't a surprise. Neither document stated the reason for subpoenas, but USA media said House Republicans have been probing the Justice Department's actions in the past years over suspected bias against Donald Trump.
Comey has been asked to appear at a private session on December 3rd and Lynch the following day to answer questions about their actions during and in the run-up to the election.
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House Republicans are in their final weeks of controlling the chamber before Democrats take over in January.
'Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see, ' he said. "Accordingly, Mr. Comey will resist in Court this abuse of process".
"Got a subpoena from House Republicans", Comey wrote on Twitter.
"These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar, and after the American people have resoundingly rejected the GOP's approach to oversight - if, indeed, "oversight" is the word we should use for running interference for President Trump", said Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, AP reported.
Comey confirmed he had received a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee but said he would resist if made to answer questions behind closed doors. The joint investigation has drawn in senior members of the FBI and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom several Republican lawmakers want to bring back to Capitol Hill before the year ends.