FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks during a stop on his book tour in Washington. Comey has challenged in court a subpoena from the House of Representatives. Lawyers for Comey argued in a court filing on Nov. 29, 2018, that he shouldn’t have to appear for a closed-door interview with lawmakers next week. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Hearing set in Comey's challenge to House subpoena

November 30, 2018 - 6:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hearing has been scheduled in former FBI director James Comey's (KOH'-meez) challenge to a subpoena from the House of Representatives.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden has scheduled the hearing for Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. It comes a day after lawyers for Comey filed court papers arguing he shouldn't have to appear for a closed-door interview with Congress next week.

Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI and decisions made during the 2016 presidential election, when Democrat Hillary Clinton was cleared in a probe into her email use and agents opened an investigation into Republican Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

Comey has said he's willing to answer questions at a public hearing. His lawyers say they fear a closed-door setting would lead to "selective leaking."

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