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

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Comey's lawyer argued his client will only agree to appear if his testimony is public, and on Friday Kelley accused the committee of trying to keep the testimony secret so lawmakers could selectively leak it to peddle partisan narratives.

Using their last bit of subpoena and investigatory power left, GOP lawmakers want Comey and former Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch to answer questions about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the FBI's decision not to prosecute her and the investigation into 2016 Russian election meddling.

As set forth in Comey's motion to quash the subpoena, his lawyers wrote, "Mr. Comey's testimony will be subject to selective leaking by members of the Judiciary Committee in furtherance of the Committee's abuse of these proceedings and harassment of witnesses who appear in closed-door depositions". Lynch was subpoenaed to answer questions in a closed-door session on Tuesday, the day after Comey. Attorneys for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director told the court that the subpoena "exceeds a proper legislative objective, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness", according to the court documents (pdf).

In a Monday interview with CNN's Erin Burnett on "Erin Burnett OutFront", Goodlatte rejected Comey's proposition for a public hearing, calling a it "not an appropriate forum" because it could reveal investigative details to other potential witnesses.

Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Donald Trump, said he wanted to review the case over the weekend before making a ruling and scheduled a follow-up hearing for Monday at 10 a.m. Add James Comey as an interest to stay up to date on the latest James Comey news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The joint committees have interviewed several key current and former FBI and DOJ officials involved in either one or both of the Clinton and Trump investigations, including former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI officials Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jonathan Moffa, and James Baker, and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

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

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

A week earlier, Comey tweeted, "I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".

"It appears Mr. Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena".

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