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Shady Comey Sues to Block GOP Subpoena–What’s he Trying to Hide?

Lawyers for former FBI Director James Comey filed suit in federal court yesterday to challenge the House Republican’s subpoena to testify behind closed doors, prompting House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to question what the former official is trying to hide.

The filing–which is riddled with attacks on both Republicans and President Trump–states that Comey wants to prevent the Republican panel “from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks.”

Further, the lawsuit states a “poisonous combination” of “selective leaks” and tweets from President Trump “mislead the public” and “undermine public confidence in the FBI and the DOJ” (Never mind the fact that Comey admitted to his own selective leaking of details of his private interactions with Trump).

Comey has repeatedly said he would be “happy” to appear in a public hearing to “sit in the light and answer all the questions.”

However, Republicans see right through his request for a public hearing, which would enable him hide behind the excuse that he cannot answer certain questions in a public setting.

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox News, “Did (Comey) interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

**LISTEN: Dan calls B.S. on Comey pushing for a public hearing**

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’” Gowdy continued. “So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

Goodlatte slammed Comey for avoiding the subpoena, writing on Twitter that he is the “only witness refusing to appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena. He needs to appear before the committees as all other witnesses have done. Let the facts come to light. The truth IS best served with transparency. What is Director Comey trying to hide from the American people with his baseless motion to quash?”

Comey Vows to “Resist” GOP Subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey announced he would “resist” the Republican subpoena for him to appear in a closed-door hearing, claiming they would “selectively leak” and “distort” his testimony.

Taking to Twitter on Thanksgiving Day, Comey wrote, “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.”

Last week, Comey Tweeted his desire for a public hearing, writing “Truth is best served by transparency.”

Conservatives like the Washington Examiner’s Byron York were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Comey’s complaint about “selective leaking” given his deliberate leak to the media of his private meetings with President Trump.

Earlier this week, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) slammed Comey for calling for a public hearing, claiming it would enable the former FBI Director to hide behind the excuse of not being able to answer the questions in a public setting.

Gowdy told Fox and Friends, “Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

**LISTEN: Dan calls B.S. on Comey pushing for a public hearing**

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’ he continued. So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is planning to have Comey testify on November 29, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on December 5.

Goodlatte plans to question the two on matters relating to their “decision making” during the 2016 presidential race.

GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees are “eager” to question Comey on his controversial decision to not recommend a criminal indictment against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

They also wish to ask Comey about the memos he kept of his meetings and conversations with President Trump.