House Republican to subpoena ex-FBI director James Comey, former AG Loretta Lynch
James Comey during his ABC interview (Screenshot)

The outgoing chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to issue subpoenas compelling former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to be deposed about their decision-making ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a U.S. House Democratic aide told Reuters on Friday.

The plans by Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte were immediately blasted by ranking Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who is expected to take over as chairman of the panel next year.

“These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar,” Nadler said in a statement, adding that Comey and Lynch had indicated “months ago” they would be willing to answer questions voluntarily.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Dan Grebler