Goodlatte: Comey Motion to Quash Subpoena a 'Farce'

James Comey files case against House Republicans to stop subpoena

James Comey Files Petition Challenging House GOP Subpoena

Friday's hearing came about after Comey's lawyers this week asked the court to quash a November 21 congressional subpoena ordering him to appear before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee for a closed-door deposition and stay the congressional proceedings.

In their filing to quash the subpoena, Comey's lawyers said Republicans could use the meeting to engage in "selective leaking" of materials which would only server to strengthen the Republican narrative.

The subpoena ordering Comey's testimony was issued as part of a joint investigation by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee into decisions made by the FBI in connection with its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server and its investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Comey said last week he had received the subpoena, and that while he was "happy to sit in the light and answer all questions", he would "resist" a closed door questioning.

Comey's lawyers said in court papers that they fear a closed-door setting would lead to "selective leaking". Lynch was subpoenaed to answer questions in a closed-door session on Tuesday, the day after Comey. 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".

No ruling was made Friday on the lawsuit and whether Comey should have to appear before the joint committee.

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U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Comey and his defense team believe that, because of his prior public and private testimonies given to Congress, Republican lawmakers are attempting to play partisan games.

They attached a series of news articles about closed-door congressional interviews that they said had been based on leaks.

President Trump has attempted to brand Comey a "leaker" and a "liar" for having kept copious private notes during his time at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then passing them on to a friend.

"Don't do it in a dark corner and don't do it in a way where all you do is leak information", said Comey's attorney, David Kelley.

In a pair of tweets Thursday, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., condemned Comey for doing what other witnesses have already done. He was subpoenaed to appear next week.

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