Ex-FBI director Comey challenges House subpoena in court

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

"Mr. Comey asks this court's intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the joint committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative", the filing said.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote on Twitter that it appeared "Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena".

Nadler predicted the legal process involved with deciding Comey's challenge could outlast the current Congress and will "run out the clock" on the Republican subpoena.

"Today my legal team filed court papers to try to get transparency from House Republicans", Comey tweeted. I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. "'But I will resist a 'closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion.

Republicans have alleged the FBI is biased against Trump, pointing to Comey's decision to publicly announce the FBI would not bring charges against her, as well as text messages that disparaged Trump exchanged between two former FBI staffers who worked on the email probe.

The Republican-led inquiry has been lambasted by Democrats as a partisan effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which Trump has labelled a "witch hunt".

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The filing cites what it calls the "abusive pattern of the selective leaking" by the joint committee.

Court documents reference presidential tweets and leaks of testimony given by Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr as evidence.

"There is no legitimate reason" for Comey to testify privately, and the subpoena violates House rules and "harasses the witness", the lawsuit concludes.

Comey has said he'd be willing to speak to lawmakers but would push that such testimony be made in public.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, who was sacked by President Trump in May 2017, alleged in his motion that he previously declined a closed-door meeting in October and instead offered a public hearing but the committee never addressed the matter again.

Mr. Comey says House rules mandate public hearings as the normal practice. In memos sent to Trump before Comey's firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed. Republicans have ordered that both testify in closed-door depositions next week as part of the inquiry, which will likely end after Democrats take control of the committee in January when the new Congress is sworn in.

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