Graham threatens Comey subpoena: 'He's coming one way or the other'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) is threatening to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey after it was revealed that he drafted a statement recommending against prosecuting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE weeks before interviewing her as part of the FBI's probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

Asked on Fox News's "Happening Now" about whether he would subpoena Comey, who was abruptly fired in May, Graham said: "I would, yes."

"He’s coming one way or the other if I have anything to do about it," said Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

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Comey took the unusual step of recommending against criminal charges for Clinton in July 2016, after concluding his agency's investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. 

Clinton, he said, had been "extremely careless" in her private email use. But that behavior was not criminal and didn't warrant prosecution, he added. 

But partial transcripts of interviews with FBI officials released late last month by Graham and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, suggest that Comey contemplated a statement clearing Clinton in April or May of 2016, before agents had interviewed the then-Democratic presidential candidate.

Comey has said that he decided to make the public statement closing the Clinton case in part because of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's meeting with former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid The art of the small deal MORE on a Phoenix, Ariz., tarmac last year.

That Comey may have drafted his statement months before recommending against charges for Clinton has prompted GOP lawmakers to call for the former FBI director to meet again with congressional investigators. 

"The real reason was not the tarmac meeting," Graham said Thursday. "I can’t make sense of this. I’m very suspicious of the timing; I’m very suspicious of the reason."