On Sunday, Former FBI Director James Comey decided to withdraw his motion to quash a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee to appear for closed-door testimony.
Comey received the subpoena on Thanksgiving day and vowed to ‘resist’ the order, citing his preference to appear in a public setting rather than private.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte appeared on Fox Host Maria Bartiromo’s program where he took viewers by surprise after foreshadowing Comey’s latest move to withdraw his motion.
Goodlatte said in his interview that he fully expects Comey to see his subpoena out and withdraw his motion against the House.
And sure enough just hours later, the House Judiciary Committee tweeted out that Comey has, in fact, decided to pull his motion in court to quash the subpoena issued by the House, and will appear sometime within the week to answer questions by both House Republicans and Democrats.
Goodlatte released a statement in the press release. (Video Below)
Here is Goodlatte’s response to Comey’s decision to withdraw his motion in court and appear privately in front of representatives of the House, courtesy of the House Judiciary Committee:
“I was disappointed that Mr. Comey filed a motion to quash the subpoena sent to him to appear for our investigation. Mr. Comey chose to file a motion to quash despite clear Supreme Court precedent setting forth Congress’ authority to issue subpoenas compelling testimony before its committees. There was no need to use baseless litigation in an attempt to run out the clock on this Congress, and I am glad that it was withdrawn.
“Mr. Comey will join us for a closed-door transcribed interview later this week. We will release the transcript of his interview to the public as soon as possible after the interview, in the name of our combined desire for transparency.” Video Below
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Comey’s Decision To Submit To His Subpoeana