Fresh off the news that Donald Trump wanted the Justice Department to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton, House Republicans followed through on their threat to subpoena Comey for private testimony. Comey is not having it—he’ll testify publicly or not at all, he says.
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.
— James Comey (@Comey) November 22, 2018
According to Comey’s lawyer, Dan Richman, “While the authority for Congressional subpoenas is broad, it does not cover the right to misuse closed hearings as a political stunt to promote political as opposed to legislative agendas.”
With Democrats taking control of the House in early January, Comey doesn’t have to draw this out for too long to win.