House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) notified colleagues last week that he will subpoena Comey for a closed-door deposition Nov. 29 and Lynch for Dec. 5, as part of the investigation into the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation.
Comey responded to the news on Friday by calling for a public hearing, writing in a tweet, "House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let's have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient."
Gowdy argued that Comey was never transparent during his time as FBI Director:
House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.— James Comey (@Comey) November 16, 2018
Gowdy said that Congress will decide on the best possible way to gain information from Comey and noted that he finds it odd that Comey wants to be transparent in a setting where he cannot answer questions.
"Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills -- has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public? And has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you're limited to five minutes, which is what happens in congressional hearings?" Gowdy said.
He noted that the last time Comey publicly testified before Congress, the former FBI director responded nearly 100 times with some variation of "I cannot answer that question in this setting."