Rep. Trey Gowdy was a leading figure in the case surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her email server.
Now that new information has been revealed about former FBI Director James Comey’s role in the investigation into Clinton, the South Carolina Republican wants Comey once again to answer to Congress.
On Tuesday, Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joined Fox News host Bret Baier on “Special Report” to explain that there are a “number of reasons” he would like Comey to testify once again.
“Whenever somebody decides to charge someone, there are lots of layers of scrutiny. When you decide not to charge someone, there aren’t that many layers of scrutiny but there ought to be at least a couple,” Gowdy said.
“The media should do it but also Congress should look at this decision not to charge and whether or not it was made before you interviewed two dozen witnesses, including the target of the investigation, yeah, we need to talk to him again,” he added.
Gowdy also questioned the timeline of Comey’s investigation. In June, Comey had told Congress that he decided to announce his findings regarding to Clinton to the world after learning of the 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“His ostensible reason for taking that decision away from the Department of Justice was that meeting on the tarmac but yet a month and a half earlier he is memorializing a decision he’s already made so the chronology does not add up,” Gowdy said.
“His answers have been all over the map,” he continued.
On Monday, new FBI documents were released that confirmed prior reports that Comey had drafted a letter exonerating Clinton before interviewing her and other key witnesses.
Comey would later recommend that the DOJ not press charges against Clinton.
Gowdy also said that Loretta Lynch, who is testifying on Capitol Hill on Friday regarding alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election, will not be asked about Comey’s letter exonerating Clinton.
Still, Gowdy admitted there are “lots of reasons” to talk to Lynch, as she can “corroborate or contradict Comey’s recollection” regarding the conservation the two had about Comey’s decision to make his Clinton findings public.
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