Former South Carolina Congressman, Trey Gowdy, spoke with the hosts of Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Friday, a week after the release of the Inspector General’s report pertaining to Former FBI Director, James Comey.
Comey took to Twitter last Thursday and said apologies from people who “defamed” him “would be nice”, but Gowdy refused to apologize and listed his reasons why.
“This is who you’d be apologizing to: someone who violated FBI and DOJ policy, violated the terms of his employment agreement, transmitted classified information, and then when the FBI came to his house after he was fired, had amnesia,” Trey Gowdy explained when asked if he was going to apologize to James Comey.
Gowdy noted this is not the first time Comey was “dinged” by the Inspector General. “Remember he was ‘dinged’ in the Clinton investigation because Comey plays by his own set of rules. So, he’s zero for two. And the two major investigations he had in 2016, violated almost everything you could think of, except a criminal statute. And that’s the guy that wants you to apologize to,” he said.
While the IG report did cite a lack of evidence that Comey leaked classified information to the media, it did point out that he leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation to a friend who then gave it to the media. And the report noted that Comey failed to notify the FBI when he found out that other information he gave to his lawyers was later deemed classified, as reported by Fox News.
“DOJ IG ‘found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.’ I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you would be nice,’ Comey tweeted in response to the IG’s report. (Continued Below)
Asked who should be doing the apology after Comey and his cabal spied on President Trump before and after the 2016 election, Gowdy said, “I’m in a unique position. I never said he should be in jail, I never said anyone should be in jail. That was my old job, not my new job, so I don’t owe him an apology.”
“But go back– remember when President Trump was criticized roundly because he said he wasn’t sure he would share information if he gained it in the course of a campaign? He was criticized roundly for that,” Gowdy said referring to a comment President Trump made in an interview in June to ABC News Chief Anchor, George Stephanopoulos.
“Let’s take a look at who he would’ve called in 2016,” Gowdy clarified. “Jim Comey, if there’s a bigger Trump critic in the United States than Jim Comey, I haven’t met him. John Brennan, he might be one. Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jim Baker, and Andy McCabe who’s on indictment watch right now. That’s who the President would’ve called in 2016! So, if he appears to be a little bit reluctant to trust the intelligence community and law enforcement, that’s who he would’ve been dealing with in 2016,” the former South Carolina congressman explained. (Video Below)
“So, look, if your goal in life is to avoid indictment, congratulations Jim Comey, you did it,” Gowdy said mocking the former FBI agent.
“My goal in life is to have history say I was fair. I may have had my critics, but I was fair, and history will not judge Jim Comey as a fair FBI Director. He’s a partisan who delights in attacking the person that he’d still be working for right now if he hadn’t been fired. He’d still be working for the person that he thinks is too unfit, even for impeachment,” he added. [Emphasized]