Former FBI director James Comey gets subpoena from House Republicans

24 2016 US Attorney General Loretta Lynch with FBI director James Comey speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. — AFP pic

James Comey and Loretta Lynch subpoenaed to testify in twilight of House Republican power

Former FBI director James Comey and former attorney general Loretta Lynch have been summoned to Congress for closed-door testimony before a House judiciary committee.

Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted on Thanksgiving morning that he had received a subpoena to testify before Congress and he indicated that he would submit willingly to the formal, legally-binding summons if the proceedings were open and public. I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions.

The request from House Republicans isn't a surprise.

House Republicans have been keen to grill Comey over allegations that anti-Trump bias led him to shut down the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's email server misuse.

Bloomberg News reported last week that Comey would be receiving a subpoena alongside 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. Comey would appear in private before the body on December 3 and Lynch on the following day.

Additionally, Comey's attorney on Thursday issued a statement saying that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director would fight the subpoena in court unless House Republicans agreed to let the hearing take place in public.

His lawyer, David Kelley, said in a statement that Comey "will resist in court this abuse of process". "Accordingly, Mr. Comey will resist in Court this abuse of process". "Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see", he added.

Earlier this month, Goodlatte gave congressional colleagues a heads up that he was preparing to subpoena Lynch and Comey, the Associated Press reported.

Late yesterday, former FBI Director James Comey was served with a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to testify on December 3, 2018, in a closed door interview concerning 'decisions made and not made by the FBI and DOJ concerning the 2016 election'. He says of House Republicans: "I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".

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