Trump Appointed Judge Not Impressed With Comey’s Refusal to Testify
James Comey is fighting a subpoena to testify behind closed doors but says he is willing to testify on live TV. There is a reason for that.
In the open, he can refuse to answer embarrassing questions by citing national security, but he can’t do that in a closed-door session since everyone in the room has a security clearance. So, his lawyer filed to squashed the subpoena. Unfortunately, he drew a Trump appointed lawyer and not an activist that would save his crooked butt
Of course, he could take the fifth, but that would be the same as pleading guilty.
Associated Press reported:
James Comey’s lawyer urged a judge Friday to block a subpoena requiring that the former FBI director submit to a private interview before a House panel, arguing that Republican lawmakers want to take shots in a “dark alley.”
But a lawyer for Congress said committees are free to conduct investigations as they please and that Comey, who is concerned that statements from a closed-door interview would be selectively leaked, had no right to refuse a subpoena and demand a public hearing.
“No federal district court judge in the history of the republic has granted the type of relief that Mr. Comey seeks,” said Thomas Hungar, general counsel for the House of Representatives.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, an appointee of President Donald Trump, did not immediately rule and scheduled additional arguments for Monday, the day initially scheduled for the interview. He questioned both sides but appeared skeptical at time of Comey’s arguments and wondered aloud why Comey couldn’t respond to leaks he didn’t like with disclosures of his own.
Comey has testified in an open hearing before and refused to answer questions on the Hillary investigation and why he signed off on the FISA applications when he knew the information was unsubstantiated and still is so right up until today.
In a closed-door session, he would be obligated to answer those questions, which would implicate him in crimes.
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