It's nearly 2019 and not only are we still talking about Hillary Clinton's emails, but James Comey and the House Republicans are arguing in court about how they'll keep talking about it.
On Friday afternoon, lawyers from both Former FBI Director Comey and the outgoing Republican majorities in the Justice and Supervision Committees of the US Parliament met in federal court. The reason for the hearing? In order to file a lawsuit, Comey's team had requested that they drop a summons from the November 21 committee, after which Comey must sit behind closed doors for a deposit next week. Comey says he likes to testify ̵
If this does not sound like something, each group should have enough to worry about a lawsuit, let's just say that it all depends on emails from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The deposition of December 3 would cover the use of Clinton's private email server and its handling of classified information as well as Russian influence in the 2016 election. Comey was long in the Republican crosshairs, and president Donald Trump allegedly wanted to accuse both Comey and Clinton earlier this year.
The republican majorities in both parliamentary committees had originally asked Comey for a non-public interview in September, a claim he himself refused at that time and said he would prefer to testify publicly. He repeated this preference in a tweet last week, and the motion was filed on Thursday.
Happy Thanksgiving. I have a subpoena from House Republicans. I still like to be in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a "closed door" cause because I have seen enough of its selective licking and distorting. Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see it.
– James Comey (@Comey) November 22, 2018
In the documents filed by the lawyers of Comey, they reject the private deposit, claiming it "exceeds a proper legislative purpose, was in breach of the House Rules are passed and the witness is unduly subjected to prejudice and harassment. "
Comey also accuses the GOP of selectively leaving earlier private testimonies, saying that he feared his words would be" distorted, partisan political tales of the Selective leakages of Clinton's and Russia's investigations. "The motion cites other closed-door clauses that he and his lawyers considered to be biased for political purposes, including leaks linked to the statements of Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok. Lisa Page, Jonathan Moffa, Bruce Ohr and James Baker.
The lawyers of the House demanded that Comey's request "so extraordinary and reckless that, as the undersigned legal advisor known, no county court in the history of the Republic has ever granted such an application." Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House Bob Goodlatte tweeted that Comey "believes one deserves special treatment ":
It seems that Mr. Comey deserves special treatment because he is the only witness who refuses to appear either on a voluntary basis or in a subpoena. He must appear before the committees like all other witnesses. Let the facts come to light.
– Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) November 29, 2018
Still confused? In a nutshell, the Republicans of the House want Comey to testify about Hillary and her emails, as well as Russia and the 2016 elections. He said, "Okay, we'll do that, but only if you let me know." But you want it to happen privately. The most important element of this entire melodramatic conflict: Comey accuses the House of encouraging people to testify privately so that their credentials can be selectively leaked for political reasons.
The hearing on Friday could not solve the problem. A verdict is expected on Monday morning.
The hearing just ended with James Comey's request for the repeal of House Republicans' subpoena, which was not pronounced today. Comey lawyers will have time until 2:00 pm Sunday to respond to the government's response, and then the judge will bring them back to court at 10:00 am on Monday
– Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) 30 November 2018
Even if the judge does not suppress the summons on Monday, Comey could still delay it. This is also important as it would postpone the testimony until the end of the year when the house will turn around. If the Democrats are in control, they will drop the summons and the investigation will be terminated.
Meanwhile, however, both sides say they want to get the truth out: Goodlatte said in a tweet that the facts should "come to light", and Comey wrote that "truth is best served by transparency. "They just have different opinions about whether the door should be open or closed for this truth statement.