Ex-FBI director Comey to testify before outgoing Congress

Ex-FBI director Comey to testify before outgoing Congress

Ex-FBI director Comey to testify before outgoing Congress

"Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion", he wrote in a Thanksgiving Day tweet, acknowledging he had received the subpoena.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Virginia Republican Rep. Last week, Bloomberg reported that GOP lawmakers were planning to subpoena Comey along with ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch as part of continuing probes into their handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton and Russian election interference.

The committee, which has also issued a subpoena to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is looking into how the FBI handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. The former spook wants the hearing done in public at an open session.

With Democrats seizing the majority in the House in the midterm elections - and preparing their own wave of subpoenas against Trump administration officials - House Republicans have a short window to press their case against Comey and Lynch.

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"The subpoena issued yesterday represents an abuse of process, a divergence from House rules and its presumption of transparency", he said.

"Mr. Comey respectfully declines your request for a private interview", David Kelley, Comey's lawyer, told committee leadership.

The development comes after the fired FBI chief refused a request in October by the House Judiciary Committee to testify behind closed doors about alleged political bias at the bureau and Justice Department. "Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see", he added. Republicans allege that the former FBI Director leaked memos of these meetings to the New York Times via a friend, a maneuver that led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the opening of the ongoing "Russiagate" investigation.

The two former top officials are being asked to testify in a deposition, not in a hearing, in early December, according to the subpoenas obtained by CBS News' Nancy Cordes.

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