The Latest: Lawyers argue over Comey subpoena by Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey (all times local):
Lawyers for Congress and James Comey are arguing over whether a judge should block a subpoena seeking a private interview.
A judge didn’t immediately rule.
A lawyer for Comey, David Kelley, says Republican House lawmakers want to take shots at Comey in a “dark alley.”
He says Comey has no problem appearing before the House Judiciary Committee as long as it happens in public. Kelley says Comey is concerned statements from a private interview would be selectively leaked.
But a lawyer for Congress says committees are free to conduct investigations as they please and says Comey has no right to refuse a subpoena and demand a public hearing.
Attorney Thomas Hungar says no judge had granted a request like Comey’s before.
Lawmakers want to ask Comey about FBI decisions during the 2016 presidential race.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday to address former FBI Director James Comey’s challenge of a subpoena from the House of Representatives.
Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the Republican led-House Judiciary Committee to discuss decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and Republican Donald Trump’s campaign.
Comey, who has testified about the matters several times, has said he would appear in a public hearing but he is seeking to block the subpoena because it would require him to appear in a private, closed-door interview on Monday.