Former FBI Director James Comey has asked a US court to quash House Republicans' subpoena for his testimony, saying he wants to testify in public rather than behind closed doors.
The GOP-run House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are demanding he appear as part of their probe into decisions not to prosecute Clinton, as well as FBI conduct during the Russian Federation investigation.
The subpoena, issued last week, followed a New York Times report that Mr. Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute rivals Comey and Hillary Clinton.
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. 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. Kelly told the judge they sought to quash the subpoena because it violated House rules, "harasses the witness", and had no "legitimate objective", adding that it "wreaks of political theater".
Judge Trevor McFadden scheduled a 2 p.m. hearing on the motion for November 30.
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"James Comey is going to court to try to squash the House subpoena".
Comey filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with three days left before his scheduled appearance before two House committees on the morning of December 3.
A federal judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether to block U.S. House Republicans from compelling former FBI Director James Comey to testify next week in secret about his actions on investigations leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. In response, Kelley argued that it's an impossible burden on Comey to detail his testimony after the fact and argued that the public would be left in the dark on body language and other context.
Comey's attorney, David Kelley, said that a closed-door deposition would be an abuse of congressional oversight power.
Goodlatte also said an open hearing wouldn't enable lawmakers to ask Comey all the "hundreds" of questions they had for him, and tweeted Thursday evening: "It appears Mr. Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena".