House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte plans to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an effort to get them to testify before Democrats take over control of the panel in January, Goodlatte on Friday provided notice to Rep. Jerrold Nadler the top Democrat on the panel and presumed incoming chairman, of his plans to subpoena the former officials. Both officials served under former President Obama, while Comey briefly served under President Trump before being fired in May 2017. The GOP chairman plans to subpoena the pair to discuss their decisionmaking during the 2016 presidential race, a committee aide confirmed. Republicans on the panel are seeking to have Comey appear for a deposition on Nov. 29 and for Lynch to testify Dec. 5. Under Judiciary Committee rules, the chairman must consult the ranking member, in this case, Nadler, at least two business days before issuing any subpoena — suggesting that the move could be imminent. Nadler blasted the plan as a last-minute ploy by Republicans to go after two former officials before they exit the majority while noting that Comey and Lynch have indicated they are willing to answer questions Goodlatte has for them. “It is unfortunate that the outgoing Majority is resorting to these tactics,” Nadler said in a statement Friday.
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