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The Latest: Lawyers argue over Comey subpoena by Congress

November 30, 2018 - 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON - The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Lawyers for Congress and James Comey are arguing over whether a judge should block a subpoena seeking a private interview.

A judge didn't immediately rule.

A lawyer for Comey, David Kelley, says Republican House lawmakers want to take shots at Comey in a "dark alley."

He says Comey has no problem appearing before the House Judiciary Committee as long as it happens in public. Kelley says Comey is concerned statements from a private interview would be selectively leaked.

But a lawyer for Congress says committees are free to conduct investigations as they please and says Comey has no right to refuse a subpoena and demand a public hearing.

Attorney Thomas Hungar says no judge had granted a request like Comey's before.

Lawmakers want to ask Comey about FBI decisions during the 2016 presidential race.

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10:15 a.m.

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday to address former FBI Director James Comey's challenge of a subpoena from the House of Representatives.

Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the Republican led-House Judiciary Committee to discuss decisions made by the FBI in 2016, including a call not to recommend criminal charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and the FBI's investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and Republican Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey, who has testified about the matters several times, has said he would appear in a public hearing but he is seeking to block the subpoena because it would require him to appear in a private, closed-door interview on Monday.

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