Former FBI director James Comey has challenged in court a subpoena from the House of Representatives.
"Mr. Comey asks this Court's intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the Joint Committee from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations through selective leaks", reads a court filing submitted in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee sent Comey a subpoena seeking a private interview to discuss Federal Bureau of Investigation actions in 2016.
Comey said last week he had received the subpoena, and that while he was "happy to sit in the light and answer all questions", he would "resist" a closed door questioning. Comey did not attend the hearing.
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In court documents, they wrote that House committees had been leaking to "support a false political narrative, while subjecting the witnesses to a variety of abuse".
The House demanded that Comey appear for the interview on Monday, prompting the judge to attempt to address the lawsuit quickly.
A report from Politico suggested a possible recusal in the case after it was transferred from Judge Timothy Kelly to Judge Trevor McFadden - both Trump appointees.
Republicans had initially ordered Comey to appear on Monday, but Thomas Hungar, a lawyer for the House, said Friday that Comey's deposition is now being pushed back to Tuesday.
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Comey's legal team argues that the request for a closed-door testimony "exceeds a proper legislative goal, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness".
The lawyers claimed House Republicans have leaked portions of testimony from former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, former FBI general counsel James Baker, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.
Bombshell stories of Trump demanding what Comey said was a pledge of "loyalty" from Trump made it into the New York Times following a leak. In response, Kelley argued that it's an impossible burden on Comey to detail his testimony after the fact and argued that the public would be left in the dark on body language and other context.
"It appears Mr Comey believes he deserves special treatment, as he is the only witness refusing to either appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena", Goodlatte added. He was subpoenaed to appear next week.
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