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Comey's Attorneys Told a Judge to 'Make Law' After Having No Real Argument to Fight His Congressional Subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey has finally agreed to privately testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee. His decision comes after nearly a week of negotiations over a subpoena for him to do so.  

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“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was no need to use baseless litigation in an attempt to run out the clock on this Congress, and I am glad that it was withdrawn," Chairman Bob Goodlatte released in a statement. “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.”

According to Goodlatte, the following offer was made and accepted:

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During a court hearing last week, Comey's legal team challenged the subpoena and asked for it to be dismissed. Due to a lack of legitimate legal argument to get the subpoena thrown out, attorneys ultimately told the judge to "make law."

Earlier this year, Comey was referred to the Department of Justice and FBI for criminal investigation by a number of House Republicans. Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch were also referred.

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