James Comey Just Backed Republicans Into a Corner With Bold Challenge To Hold Public Hearing
Former FBI Director James Comey challenged House Republicans to hold a public hearing following a report that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is planning to subpoena him to testify before Democrats take control of the committee.
“House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient,” Comey tweeted Friday.
Goodlatte on Friday delivered notice to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the panel and presumed incoming chairman, that he intends to subpoena Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss their decision to investigate the Russian election interference making during the 2016 campaign.
House Republicans, particularly those in the right-wing Freedom Caucus, plan to question Comey over records he reportedly made of his private conversations with President Trump. During congressional testimony last year, the former FBI director said he kept records of such meetings because he felt the president inappropriately asked him to make a loyalty pledge while he was leading the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to The Hill, Republicans are seeking to have Comey appear for a deposition on Nov. 29 and for Lynch to testify Dec. 5.
Comey has testified that he did not disclose classified information when he shared some of the records’ contents with a friend, Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman. Richman shared the information verbally with The New York Times, in what became a successful maneuver to prompt the appointment of a special counsel — Robert Mueller.
Earlier this year, Republicans sought to compel Comey to testify behind closed doors. Comey declined, saying he would testify in a public setting.
He is, once again, challenging them to hold a public hearing:
House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.
— James Comey (@Comey) November 16, 2018