Rep. Goodlatte: It's a 'Farce' for Comey to Demand Public Hearing on Handling of Russia Probe
Says ex-FBI director trying to 'run the clock.'
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Friday that it's a "farce" for former FBI Director James Comey to demand a public hearing on his handling of the Russia probe.
In a court filing Thursday, Comey's lawyers asked a judge to throw out a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee for Comey to appear for a private hearing.
Comey previously took to Twitter to blast Republicans for issuing the subpoena.
Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a “closed door” thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.
— James Comey (@Comey) November 22, 2018
The committee chairman pushed back on "America's Newsroom," telling Bill Hemmer that Comey is trying to "run the clock" and avoid answering questions until the committee is taken over by Democrats in January.
House Republicans have been investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, which was turned over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Comey was fired in June 2017. They're also looking to question Comey on his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server.
Goodlatte promised to release a full transcript of Comey's testimony the day after the hearing. He said in a public hearing, lawmakers are only given five minutes to ask their questions and that is not sufficient.
In a private setting, Goodlatte said Republicans and Democrats can alternate full hours asking questions and he said he's open to releasing video of the hearing later.
"He is trying to run the clock on us. ... It's pretty clear he doesn't want to come in and answer the detailed questions that we have," said Goodlatte, predicting the Senate Judiciary Committee will pursue the private hearing with Comey in 2019 under incoming chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Watch the full interview above.