Trey Gowdy goes after James Comey in closed-door testimony: Transcript

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has once again proved to be a champion of the people.

During Comey’s closed-door testimony with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, Gowdy consistently put Comey on the spot over his actions — and inactions — during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server, an issue to which Gowdy has been personally and professionally connected.

Ready for a Fight

Gowdy clearly showed up to the Friday interview ready to absolutely crush James Comey when he got his turn with the microphone.

The central theme to his questioning was the conduct of former FBI staffers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page during the Clinton investigation.

The South Carolina congressman hammered the content of the texts between Strzok and Page as well as a third party that was not identified.

These texts made it quite clear that everyone involved not only supported Clinton and disliked Trump, but also assumed that Clinton was clearly going to win the election.

Dodging Answers

Time and time again, Gowdy asked Comey if he would have fired them if he had known the content of the texts during the investigation.

But time and time again, Comey tried to sidestep the answer, pointing to a disciplinary procedure and talking in absolutes for something he did not know at the time.

Comey was well-prepared for the interrogation, but he did eventually fold.

The final exchange between the two made it game, set, and match to Gowdy.

The congressman said:

Well, I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but I do want to gain as much clarity as I can into this. You – if I understand you correctly, you believe you would have not kept them on either investigation, but you would be open to an explanation, but you can’t think of what that explanation could have been that would have persuaded you to keep them?

Comey responded simply: “That’s right.”

Running Out of Time

While this was definitely a major win for Republicans, they are running out of time.

There are only a few weeks left with Republican control in the House, so much of this may end up getting buried as soon as Democrats take over.

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It behooves Republicans in Congress to finalize their investigation and release their report on these investigations before that happens.

Once again, though, Gowdy has shown why he will be missed once the term rolls over and his political career comes to an end.

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