Rep. Trey Gowdy offered praise for former FBI Director Comey on Tuesday and supported Martha McCallum’s comment that the Clintons’ complication with the DOJ is deeper than we thought.
As he talked about Comey’s last year’s press conference in July, in which he stated that Hillary wouldn’t be charged for her use of a private email server while she was still secretary of state, Gowdy noted that “history will be much kinder to Jim Comey in that July press conference than the Democrats were.”
“I think he had access to information that, because he is a stand-up guy, he is not going to disseminate classified information — though God knows everybody else is — even if it cast him in a negative light,” he said.
“I know what it was,” Gowdy said of Comey’s decision. “He made the only decision he could have made with respect to appropriating that decision away from the Department of Justice and making the decision himself.”
James Comey was noted saying in testimony before Congress earlier this month that as the investigation into Hillary was coming to an end, he was beginning to doubt the integrity of the Department of Justice.
“A number of things had gone on, some of which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and declined prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the — in the justice system,” Comey said at the time.
“And then the capper was — and I’m not picking on the Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who I like very much — but her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me. And I then said, you know what, the department cannot by itself credibly end this,” he said.
According to Trey Gowdy, FBI Director Comey knew a lot more about the situation in that meeting.
“All your viewers see is this meeting on the tarmac,” Gowdy told McCallum Tuesday night. “Jim Comey had access to additional information that I am convinced left him with no other choice than to make a decision he made in July.”
“I think he had access to information that he wanted to safeguard the integrity of the investigation and the integrity of the process,” he added. “I probably ought to just leave it right there. I think he wanted the public to have confidence in the investigation and the outcome, even though I disagreed with the outcome, he wanted you to have confidence in the process.”
“Trust me when I tell you this, Martha — I know what it was and I have been a critic of James Comey in the past. But he made the only decision he could have made with respect to appropriating that decision away from the Department of Justice and making the decision himself,” Gowdy said.
Then Martha McCallum gave an interpretation of Rep. Gowdy’s answer, saying:
“I only take away from that that you are suggesting that there were more entanglements between the Clintons and perhaps the Justice Department than everyone understands.”
Trey Gowdy also requested that the FBI hands over the alleged memo Comey wrote, containing details about a conversation between Comey and President Trump in which President Trump reportedly asked Comey to go easy on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“If it was read to The New York Times, it would certainly help [if] the FBI would read it to members of Congress,” Gowdy said.
“I want to see the memo [and] I want to talk to Director Comey to determine how contemporaneous his recording of the conversation was,” Gowdy added. “What did Director Comey hear? How did he take it? That can only be done by looking at the memo and talking to Director Comey.”