The attorney for former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey says his client will fight a House Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify in private about his actions during the 2016 campaign.
"Got a subpoena from House Republicans". Neither document stated the reason for subpoenas, but U.S. media said House Republicans have been probing the Justice Department's actions in the past years over suspected bias against Donald Trump.
"Mr. Comey embraces and welcomes a hearing open to the public, but the subpoena issued yesterday represents an abuse of process, a divergence from House rules and its presumption of transparency", the statement read in part.
Comey had rejected an earlier invitation from the committee to testify privately and instead asked for a public hearing. Democrats will assume control of the committee and the majority in the House in the new year.
House Republicans have been investigating FBI actions in the 2016 campaign, but that probe will end when Democrats take over the committee in January.
Mr 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.
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'Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see, ' he said.
Comey said he'll fight against a closed interview with congressional Republicans.
Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels have argued that Justice officials were conspiring against Trump's election, and they have interviewed multiple current and former Justice officials behind closed doors in an effort to prove their case.
Before the committee officially subpoenaed Comey and Lynch, Rep.
Lynch has not yet commented publicly about the subpoenas. He says of House Republicans: "I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion".
"Months ago, Director Comey and Attorney General Lynch both indicated their willingness to answer the Chairman's questions voluntarily", Nadler wrote.