Trey Gowdy has FBI chief Comey’s number; sheds light on his flawed testimony
May 8, 2017 | Michael Dorstewitz | Print Article
Gowdy always brings things into perspective.
Rep. Trey Gowdy was asked to respond to inconsistencies in testimony offered by FBI Director James Comey — that he gave regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails versus that regarding President Donald Trump’s alleged Russian connections.
When Comey was asked at a Senate hearing why he reported that he was re-opening the Clinton email investigation, he said that the choice was to either conceal or speak, and that while speaking was bad, concealing would have been “catastrophic.”
Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff disagreed. The California Democrat responded:
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Real choice was not conceal or speak. Comey spoke about Clinton & concealed Trump invest. Real choice was to abide by DOJ policy or violate.
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When CNN “Situation Room” host Wolf Blitzer asked Gowdy about Comey’s alleged “double standard,” the South Carolina Republican replied that although there may have been inconsistencies, they didn’t necessarily favor Trump as Schiff had alleged.
He told Blitzer that the entire Clinton investigation was off-kilter, beginning with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Clinton’s husband while the investigation was in play.
He also remarked on the real difference between the FBI’s handling of Clinton versus Trump.
“[Comey] told us at the end of the investigation that he was not going to pursue charges against Secretary Clinton. That’s a little different than having that conversation on the front end of the investigation,” Gowdy said.
He compared Comey’s “back end” report on Clinton to his “front end” report on the US-Russia investigation allegedly surrounding the Trump administration.
“… in this case, he has told us on the front end. He told us last time we had a public hearing that there was an investigation, either intelligence or quasi-criminal investigation, into matters surrounding Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election.”
“It’s unusual to have that press conference on the front end of an investigation,” he argued.
Everyone agreed that Gowdy nailed it.
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Gowdy: Congress Will Subpoena Susan Rice to Testify About Unmasking if Necessary
BY: Andrew Kugle
May 4, 2017 11:02 am
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) told Fox News on Thursday morning that Congress may subpoena Barack Obama's former national security adviser, Susan Rice, to testify about unmasking Trump transition officials.
Rice declined an invitation to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Republicans have asked Rice to appear before lawmakers after reports revealed last month that she requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign.
The Americans' conversations were caught incidentally in surveillance of foreigners being monitored by the intelligence community.
Numerous stories have been published about Trump associates having contact with Russian officials due to intelligence leaks.
Trump went to Twitter on Thursday and expressed his dissatisfaction with Rice's refusal to testify.
Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor to President Obama, is refusing to testify before a Senate Subcommittee next week on.....
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...allegations of unmasking Trump transition officials. Not good!
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Fox News host Bill Hemmer asked Gowdy to respond to Rice's refusal to testify. The lawmaker said Congress could still issue a subpoena that forces Rice to testify.
"There are things called subpoenas. You shouldn't have to use it with a former national security adviser, but if you do, you do," Gowdy said.
He later added that Rice is an important witness to the investigation.
"Members of Congress don't pick the witnesses. Lawyers don't pick witnesses. The facts pick the witnesses," Gowdy said. "And whether Ambassador Rice likes it or not, she's a really important fact witness."
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In other Gowdy news, Gowdy received an honorary doctorate of law from Bob Jones University on May 5.
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