House Republicans subpoena former FBI director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington

House Republicans are in their final weeks of controlling the chamber before Democrats take over in January.

This is the second time Comey has rejected a request to testify behind closed-doors, and House Republicans may try to hold him in contempt.

Comey tweets: "I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions". Judging by his response, Comey is prepared to appear for a hearing, but says he will push back if it doesn't happen in public view. "Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see", Comey wrote.

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.

On Thursday, Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch both received subpoenas signed by the Committee's Republican chair Bob Goodlatte.

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.

House Republicans subpoena former FBI director James Comey

Democrats have strongly objected to the GOP probe, saying it is an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

In a statement to Politico, Goodlatte's office brushed aside the proposal and reiterated the committee stood ready to issue a subpoena if their request was not met.

"Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans", Comey tweeted. The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, also found fault with Lynch's decision to meet with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac.

'Accordingly, Mr. Comey will resist in Court this abuse of process, ' it read.

"Months ago, Director Comey and Attorney General Lynch both indicated their willingness to answer the Chairman's questions voluntarily".

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