After ignoring multiple instances of wrongdoing by the Trump administration over the past two years, Congressman Goodlatte is wasting his final weeks in Congress with yet another futile effort to prove anti-Trump bias by Obama administration Justice Department officials during the 2016 election campaign.
Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee until he leaves Congress on January 3, has issued subpoenas for former FBI director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify in private depositions.
Soon after the subpoena was issued, Comey reiterated his call for a public hearing.
“Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans,” Comey tweeted. “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.”
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the committee and its likely incoming chairman, responded:
“These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar, and after the American people have resoundingly rejected the GOP’s approach to oversight — if, indeed, ‘oversight’ is the word we should use for running interference for President Trump.”