WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Former FBI Director James Comey on Friday stated that he did not know if Democrats could get an unredacted copy of the Mueller report with a subpoena if the Division of Justice declined to release it.

“I am certain they can subpoena. They absolutely can situation subpoenas for something they want to the Division of Justice. Irrespective of whether the division will compel, will abide an order to compel, if they resist that, I never know exactly where that ends up,” he stated.

But Comey stated he hoped that a subpoena would not be needed.

“There is a lot of transparency that is doable beneath the law. And so, that is my answer. I am not certain about the can. I hope they never get to that,” he stated.

Home Democrats, like the chairs of the effective Intelligence and Judiciary committees, have stated they will subpoena the Division of Justice if the report is not produced public.

Comey, whose ouster by President Donald Trump in 2017 precipitated the appointment of unique counsel Robert Mueller, was responding to a query from a student in the course of a uncommon hour-extended query-and-answer session at his alma mater William &amp Mary. The speak came practically a year immediately after his CNN town hall right here.

The college final year tapped the erstwhile government official to teach a class on ethical leadership. On Friday, he stated he hoped the small-advertised forum, which he jokingly dubbed a “secret lecture series,” would open up the lessons of that class to a wider audience.

He stated that with regard to the Mueller report, his hope “is that the lawyer common will attempt to draw upon the precedents of the Division of Justice, which are substantial, that in a case with intensive public interest, that the Division of Justice will share specifics with the American men and women.”

He expanded on the arguments that he produced in an report published earlier this month in The Washington Post. He wrote in the report that Republicans had been incorrect in saying that transparency about Mueller’s conclusions was not possible.

His comments came in the course of a moment of especially intense public interest in the unique counsel, who is investigating hyperlinks involving the Trump campaign and Russia.

Earlier in the day, Trump stated “there need to be no” report. On Thursday, the Home of Representatives unanimously passed a symbolic resolution calling for the document’s public release.

Comey stated the Home vote was “superior news.”

“I never assume I’ve observed the Home of Representatives vote unanimously for something in my whole life,” Comey stated Friday. “But they voted unanimously yesterday, the sense of the Home, that there ought to be transparency about the Mueller report constant with the law.”

The former FBI director has faced intense public scrutiny for his actions in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. In June, a government watchdog slammed Comey for getting “insubordinate.”

Significantly of the concentrate has been on a letter Comey sent to Congress shortly just before Election Day saying that he had uncovered new information and facts that could be considerable to the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material. Clinton’s lead in the polls sank decisively immediately after Comey’s announcement, and some have blamed him for her defeat.

But Comey on Friday provided a stern defense of his choices at the time, like the choice to not disclose a concurrent investigation into Russian meddling that started that summer time.

Failing to inform Congress about the new information and facts about Clinton “would have triggered catastrophic harm to the administration of justice at least in our lives, likely forever,” Comey stated.