Former FBI Director James Comey is challenging a subpoena from House Republicans for his closed-door testimony in federal court, citing the “corrosive narrative” created by selective leaking by lawmakers.
Court records show that Comey filed a motion in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to quash a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee for testimony on Dec. 3.
Comey’s lawyers argued in a filing that the subpoena “exceeds a proper legislative purpose, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness. This motion is accompanied by a related motion to stay any proceedings thereunder until this motion may be heard.”
“Mr. Comey asks this Court’s intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russia investigations through selective leaks,” wrote his attorneys Vincent Cohen and David Kelley. – READ MORE