Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Former FBI Director Seeks To Quash Subpoena To Testify In Russia Investigation

Former FBI Director Seeks To Quash Subpoena To Testify In Russia Investigation

Former FBI Director James Comey asked a federal court in Washington on November 29 to block a subpoena compelling him to appear for a closed-door interview with House lawmakers. "Comey's court filing points out that the issue of leaks was not lost on one of the Republican chairs of the committees".

They also claimed a closed-door session would allow Republicans to distort and leak his testimony, which is a theory he has voiced since receiving the subpoena.

"This is a totally privileged, out-of-touch, entitled government bureaucrat, who thinks he is not only above the law, but above the same standard of the law that everybody else out in America has to comply with", Pavlich said. A final hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Monday, meaning the original subpoena for Comey to provide his deposition would have to be pushed back to Tuesday. Comey said he was willing to testify publicly but would resist doing so behind closed doors.

"It directly benefits him, which just points to his malignant narcissism", Kennedy said. "The clear pattern of leaks and other comments by members of the Joint Committees make plain that the request for secrecy in these interviews is not about secrecy, but a mechanism to permit selective and biased exposure of testimonial snippets". That was when the bureau declined to recommend charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and opened an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The court document filed by Comey's team said leaking material would "support a false political narrative, while subjecting the witnesses to a variety of abuse".

Gowdy pointed out in a separate interview that Comey used the public setting as an excuse to not answer almost 100 questions during his prior public appearances.

Comey, who has testified multiple times about both investigations on Capitol Hill, said last week that he would be happy to testify in a public hearing but would refuse to appear at a closed-door, private interview. Let the American people watch, ' Comey wrote. The GOP-led House Judiciary Committee, attorney David Kelly argued, only wants to play politics and distort Comey's answers.

Neither of the Republican lawmakers overseeing the congressional investigation - Goodlatte and Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy - ran for re-election, and they will be leaving Congress at the end of the year. Leaks are counterproductive whether Jim Comey is doing it, whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation is doing it, or whether Congress is doing it'.

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