Comey fights subpoena from House GOP that would force him to testify in private

Former FBI director James Comey is going to court to fight a subpoena issued by House Republicans who want him to testify behind closed doors.

In court papers filed Thursday, Comey’s lawyers argued that Comey isn’t trying to avoid testifying — he offered to answer questions at a public hearing, they said — but they contend House Republicans only want him to testify in a nonpublic setting so that they can “peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks.”

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Comey on Nov. 21 directing him to appear for a deposition on Dec. 3. Comey’s lawyers are asking a judge to toss out that subpoena.

“Let the American people watch,” Comey tweeted after his lawyers filed the challenge.