House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is planning to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to have them testify in front of Congress before the GOP loses control of the House, according to The Hill.
Goodlatte plans to question the two on matters relating to their “decision making” during the 2016 presidential race, a committee aide told the publication.
Republican committee members are looking to have Comey testify on November 29, and Lynch on December 5.
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 his the memos he kept of his meetings and conversations with President Trump.
Goodlatte informed Democrat Congressman (and presumed incoming committee chairman) Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) of his plans to subpoena Comey and Lynch. Nadler responded to Goodlatte’s decision in a statement, saying it came “out of the blue.”
“It is unfortunate that the outgoing Majority is resorting to these tactics,” Nadler said.
“Months ago, Director Comey and Attorney General Lynch both indicated their willingness to answer the Chairman’s questions voluntarily. My understanding is that the Republicans have had no contact with either the Director or the Attorney General since.”