After former FBI Director James Comey used Twitter to beg for a public hearing in the name of “transparency,” Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) ripped him.
“James Comey really said ‘Truth is best served by transparency’? Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public?” Gowdy asked.
Gowdy, a former prosecutor, is set to retire from Congress in January. It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Gowdy, and many have assumed that his silence is a sign that he’s serious about retiring from public life. But recent rumors that have him on President Trump’s short list for Attorney General seem to have persuaded Gowdy to reenter the spotlight with some of his old fire.
Is Gowdy making a push for the Attorney General’s position by showing how tough he can be on corrupt Deep-Stater’s like James Comey?
The congressional investigation underway is looking into the conduct of the FBI and Justice Department leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy stated the House Committee had needed to talk to a significant number of other witnesses before getting to Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Both Comey and Lynch are set to appear before Congressional investigators soon.
In the name of security and to allow the witness to speak freely, hearings such as this are generally closed to the public.
This is nothing new, unless you ask James Comey.
Comey issued a statement on Twitter, asking for a public hearing: “House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.”
Comey knows if the hearings are public, certain questions may not be asked simply for the sake of national security.
Gowdy absolutely ripped Comey for this because he should know better.
Gowdy was quick to point out Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview was not done publicly.
In fact, the FBI NEVER interviews suspects in public.
Gowdy also stated holding the hearings in private would prevent this from turning into a sideshow, as we saw during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Gowdy took Comey’s comments about transparency as though he were slapped in the face by the shamed FBI Director.
According to Gowdy, no matter how much grandstanding Comey does, he will be there and on Congress’ terms.
“Oh, he’s coming, whether he likes it or not,” Gowdy said. “And Bob Goodlatte will set the terms, not Jim Comey.”
“Congress is going to decide how we can best advance the fact-finding and the truth,” he added.
The fact Comey is now being called signifies the committee is very close to wrapping up its investigation.
Now, the only question that remains is if he will actually be brought to justice or if he will walk away from this unscathed, just as Hillary Clinton did for Benghazi and her email scandal.