Former FBI director James Comey is subpoenaed to testify about 2016 election

Former US attorney generall Loretta Lynch and former FBI director James Comey has been subpoenaed to testify to Congress

"Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions", he said.

Comey says he'll resist appearing behind closed doors December 3. House Republicans have been probing the FBI's actions leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

In 2016, Comey insisted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not going to investigate Clinton for keeping a server in the basement of her home - a move which Republicans say was intentionally to boost her chances against Donald Trump.

The committee, which has also issued a subpoena to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is looking into how the FBI handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. Instead of a private deposition, Comey says he wants a public hearing. Democrats will assume control of the committee and the majority in the House in the new year.

Comey said he'll fight against a closed interview with congressional Republicans.

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Bob Goodlatte, issued the subpoenas for Comey and Lynch.

Mr. Comey, who had spurned recent committee requests to testify, confirmed Thursday on Twitter he received a subpoena. "Let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see", he added.

"Mr. Comey embraces and welcomes a hearing open to the public, but the subpoena issued yesterday represents an abuse of process", said attorney David Kelley. Democrats say the GOP is hoping to use the issue to derail or discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"Months ago, Director Comey and Attorney General Lynch both indicated their willingness to answer the Chairman's questions voluntarily", Nadler wrote.

"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", Nadler said last week.

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