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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B 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 ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins 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."