The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed FBI agent Peter Strzok to appear at a public hearing July 10.
Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte issued the subpoena to force Strzok to appear before both the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees.
The hearing will focus on Strzok’s work on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, said on Monday that his client had retracted a previous offer to testify publicly.
Goelman cited a closed-door interview on June 27 with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees as evidence that Republicans were setting “a trap” for the embattled FBI agent.
“Having sharpened their knives behind closed doors, the committee would now like to drag back Special Agent Strzok and have him testify in public — a request that we originally made and the committee denied,” Goelman said in a letter first reported by CNN.
“What’s being asked of Special Agent Strzok is to participate in what anyone can recognize as a trap.”
Goelman also cited Strzok’s military service and length of time in the FBI in an apparent attempt to drump up public sympathy.
“He might even be willing to testify publicly before this committee,” Goelman wrote, according to The Hill.