House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte officially issued Comey's unemployment benefits and former lawyer Loretta Lynch after the committee signaled its…
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte officially issued Comey’s unemployment benefits and former lawyer Loretta Lynch after the committee signaled its intention to do it earlier this month.
Goodlatte, a Virginia republic who retires, requests private depositions from Comey on December 3 and Lynch on December 4. The investigation will end when the Democrats take over the committee in January.
Shortly after the judgment was issued, Comey repeated his call for a public hearing.
“Happy Thanksgiving. Get a mood from House Republicans,” Comey Tweeted. “I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all the questions. But I will resist a” closed door “thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leakage and distortion. Let’s hear and invite everyone to see.”
David Kelley, a Comey attorney, said Thursday that his client will fight the order in court.
“While the congressional sentencing authority is wide, it does not cover the right to abuse closed hearings as a political stunt to promote political opposition to the legislative agenda,” said Kelley.
Lynch has not yet publicly commented on the verdict.
Before the committee officially sentenced Comey and Lynch, rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democrat who is expected to chair the panel next year, criticized the move as “unhappy”.
“Months ago, Director Comey and lawyer General Lynch stated that they were willing to answer the chairman’s questions voluntarily. My understanding is that the Republicans have not had any contact with either the director or the lawyer since,” said Nadler last week.
Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is another potential witness hanging over the investigated GOP leadership. Conservative on panels demanded that Rosenstein seem to answer his questions about his reported comments on wearing a thread to record the president and efforts to recruit the cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from the office. A planned meeting with Rosenstein last month has been postponed and has not been relocated.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett and Manu Raju contributed to this report.