Trey Gowdy Shreds James Comey: 'He Just Wants People to Vote Democrat'
South Carolina Rep. slams former FBI director as 'political flunky' during interview
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has blasted James Comey during a fiery interview, in which he called the former FBI director a "political flunky" who "just wants people to vote Democrat."
The straight-talking Congressman was speaking in response to Comey's recent closed-door testimony, in which the ex-FBI chief answered "I don't know" or "I can't remember" to several key questions related to the Russia probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's classified data handling.
According to a lengthy transcript released last Saturday of his closed-door interview with congressional lawmakers, Comey also refused to answer numerous questions related to Hillary Clinton, under instruction from his lawyers.
Ahead of the transcript release, several lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told reporters that ex-FBI Chief Comey appeared "gleeful" when refusing to answer questions related to Clinton's email server investigation.
Gowdy criticized Jim Comey's arrogance during his testimony, referring to him as an "amnesiac with incredible hubris."
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Comey answered questions before the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees during a closed-door hearing.
The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation initially wanted to appear publicly but conceded after a short legal battle.
The committees are investigating the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia and Clinton email investigations, both of which the Bureau is accused of approaching with political bias.
“Comey is one of the best I have ever seen at always being right in his mind, and it doesn’t matter if he is a universe of one,” Gowdy stated during an interview with Fox News’s Martha MacCallum.
"When you write a book about ethics and morality, that in and of itself is a fairly high-opinion-of-yourself thing to do,” he continued.
“Comey just thinks he’s always right, and if [DOJ inspector general Michael] Horowitz thinks he’s wrong … it doesn’t matter if everyone else concludes he did wrong.
“He knows better. So, that’s what it’s like to interview an amnesiac with incredible hubris.”
“Do you believe that he functioned as a political FBI director?” MacCallum asked.
"I think Jim Comey was primarily motivated by a desire to protect the brand of Jim Comey.
"I defended him a lot in 2016, even when it was lonely to do so.
"I would still defend him today if I thought he was making the right decisions, but he has been so overtly partisan since he left, not just [with] the president, but he wants people to vote Democrat, he wants a Democrat House. He’s just become a political flunky.
"It’s the same guy, in this very room that you and I are in right now, said the FBI doesn’t give a hoot about politics."
He announced months ago that he would not seek reelection citing a desire to work in a place “where facts matter.”