House Republicans Subpoena Comey & Loretta Lynch

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  1. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    So, it wasn’t the incoming Blue Wave that started the “Political Investigations” . . .


    House Republicans subpoena Comey, Lynch for closed-door testimony



    Politico
    By KYLE CHENEY
    11/22/2018

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    Former FBI Director James Comey (L) tweeted Saturday: "Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans." Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch received a subpoena as well. | Alex Wong/Getty Images



    James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appear for closed-door testimony on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, respectively.
    The subpoenas, issued Wednesday but revealed publicly Thanksgiving morning, completed the threats issued by GOP committee chairman Bob Goodlatte earlier in the week.

    Comey had rejected an earlier invitation from the committee to testify privately and instead asked for a public hearing. Democrats say they prefer the hearing to be public as well.

    Republicans have been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's decision-making in 2016 and 2017, contending that deep-seated anti-Trump bias among senior officials led the bureau to downplay its probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server and home in on the investigation of Trump campaign connections with Russia. Trump himself has cheered on the attacks, calling the Russia probe a "witch hunt" and contending that Comey and his inner circle were corrupt.

    But Democrats say the GOP investigation itself is a partisan attempt to build up a conspiracy theory and protect Trump from the ongoing Russia probe, now led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Democrats have vowed to revisit the president's attacks on the FBI and Justice Department when they take the House majority in January. They've also pleaded with Republicans to protect Mueller from any attempts by Trump or his appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to interfere in the probe.

    Comey tweeted Saturday: "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."

    Comey's attorney, David Kelley, said: "Mr. Comey embraces and welcomes a hearing open to the public, but the subpoena issued yesterday represents an abuse of process, a divergence from House rules and its presumption of transparency. Accordingly, Mr. Comey will resist in Court this abuse of process."

    A Lynch attorney could not immediately be reached.


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  2. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    Comey reaches deal to testify privately before House panel


    Former FBI Director James Comey is dropping his legal challenge to a congressional subpoena, his attorney announced Sunday. Comey has made a deal to testify privately in front of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. He will be able to speak freely about it once the hearing is over, and a transcript will be released 24 hours after he finishes his testimony. Comey was fighting to make his testimony public, with his attorneys saying he was afraid House Republicans would leak his testimony. President Trump fired Comey in May 2017. His interview is scheduled for Friday.

    Source: The Associated Press
     
  3. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    Comey congressional testimony released

    The House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Saturday evening released a transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's lengthy testimony from the day before. The document is minimally redacted and sees Comey expressing confidence that investigation of Russian meddling and possible collusion in the 2016 election would continue even if President Trump were to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "You'd almost have to fire everyone in the FBI and the Justice Department to derail the relevant investigations," Comey said. He also addressed his personal relationship with Mueller — Trump has claimed the two men are friends — saying they are not close "in any social sense." And he reported that the FBI's initial investigation into possible Russian interference focused on four Americans, none of them Trump himself.

    Source: CNN, ABC News
     
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    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    House GOP Releases Comey Transcript

     

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