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James Comey Resists Closed-Door Congress Interview on FBI Actions

James Comey Resists Closed-Door Congress Interview on FBI Actions

The House Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas for former FBI director James Comey and former attorney general Loretta Lynch to appear for closed-door interviews in a probe of how federal law enforcement officials handled investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign's alleged Russian Federation ties.

'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.

It's unclear if Comey and Lynch will appear, or if Republicans would be able to enforce the subpoenas, since they lose the House majority in January.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Mr Comey and Ms Lynch of covering for Mrs Hillary Clinton in an investigation into her use of a private server for e-mails while she was secretary of state.

Ms Lynch, who served under former president Barack Obama, did not immediately comment, but copies of the subpoenas made public Thursday show she was summoned to testify on Dec 4. The Virginia Republican has indicated he wants Comey to appear behind closed doors November 29 and Lynch on December 5, Bloomberg reported November 16, citing a congressional official.

Macron warns rising risk of nationalism to world peace
Trump later said he would instead sit down with him formally later this month at a world leaders' summit in Buenos Aires. French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the Paris Peace Forum in Paris , France, on November 11, 2018.

The subpoenas come three weeks before the House Judiciary Committee switches hands.

Fearful that the GOP-led panel could leak damaging excerpts from his testimony, Comey has called for the hearing to be conducted in the open, and his lawyer told Fox News that he will fight for this in court.

They have interviewed multiple current and former DoJ officials behind closed doors in an effort to prove their point.

'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". "My understanding is that the Republicans have had no contact with either the Director or the Attorney General since".

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