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Thursday, November 22, 2018
House Judiciary Committee SUBPOENAS Loretta LYNCH and James COMEY
Another Reason To Be Thankful! Finally A Legitimate Effort to FIND The TRUTH. ...tmiraldi Attorney General Loretta Lynch, accompanied by FBI Director James Comey, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jeff Mordock
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte issued subpoenas for former FBI Director James B. Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch late Wednesday, demanding both answer questions about the Department of Justice’s actions during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Mr. Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, issued the subpoenas to get their testimony on the record before Democratstake over the House in January. The Democrats are expected to terminate the GOP probe into whether anti-Trumpbias within the ranks of the FBI and Justice Department influenced investigations related to the election.
The committee is requesting private depositions from Mr. Comey on Dec. 3 and Ms. Lynch on Dec. 4, according to the subpoenas.
Mr. Comey, who had spurned recent committee requests to testify, confirmed Thursday on Twitter he received a subpoena. He said he will refuse to testify unless it is in a public hearing.
“Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a ‘closed door’ thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see,” Mr. Comey tweeted.
Ms. Lynch has not publicly confirmed if she’s received a subpoena.
Democrats on the committee are expected to push for the hearings to be made public.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat who is expected to chair the panel next year, said last week that GOP plans to subpoena Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch were “unfortunate,” and “coming out of the blue.”
“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,” Nadler said in a statement last week.
Republicans are eager to question Mr. Comey about the notes he made about his private conversations with President Trump before he was fired in May 2017. He testified before Congress last year, telling lawmakers that he kept records of his conversations because he believed the president had inappropriately asked for a loyalty pledge. At the time of the alleged conversation, Mr. Comey was directing the FBI’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mr. Trump has denied that he ever asked for a loyalty pledge.