Thanksgiving Menus Surprises for Comey and Lynch
Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey said he has received a subpoena from House Republicans, according to a Twitter post.
House Republicans have been investigating FBI actions in the Y 2016 campaign, but that probe will end when Democrats take over the committee in January.
It was reported last week that Mr. Comey would be receiving a subpoena along with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch as part of continuing probes into their handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton and Russian election meddling, according to a top House Democrat.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) issued the subpoenas late Wednesday.
Senator Goodlatte is requesting private depositions from Mr. Comey on 3 December, and Ms. Lynch on 4 December.
Mr. Comey, who has previously rejected the committee’s request for him to appear privately before the GOP-led inquiry, reiterated his position soon after the subpoenas became public.
“Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I am still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a ‘closed door’ thing because I have seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let us have a hearing and invite everyone to see,” Mr. Comey Tweeted.
The subpoenas are part of an investigation by 2 GOP-led committees into decisions made by the department during the Y 2016 election, when Democrat Hillary Clinton was cleared in a probe into her e-Mail use and Justice officials launched an investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. Both Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch were in power during that time.
Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels have argued that DOJ officials were conspiring against Donald Trump’s election, and they have interviewed multiple current and former DOJ officials behind closed doors in an effort to prove their case.
It is unclear if Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch will appear, or if Republicans would be able to enforce the subpoenas, since they lose the House majority in January.
Democrats have strongly objected to the GOP probe, saying it is an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement that Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch had both indicated a willingness to answer the Republicans’ questions voluntarily.
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