Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is widely viewed as a conservative firebrand willing to take on any challenger he is continuing to live up to his reputation in pushing back on former FBI Director James Comey.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte still wants answers from Obama-era officials concerning their role in the Russian investigation and recently announced that he would be subpoena the former FBI Director and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Comey took to social media and petitioned the committee for a public hearing under the guise of “transparency.”
“House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing,” Comey tweeted. “Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.”
Some people believe Comey is requesting a public testimony so he can refuse to comment on matters of national security or other classified material which cannot be publicly revealed.
In comes Gowdy with this stinger…
“James Comey really said ‘Truth is best served by transparency’? Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public?” Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, asked on Fox News, via the Washington Examiner.
Gowdy, a former prosecutor, understands a thing or two about investigations and has been waiting for this interview for a while now. The committee previously interviewed people involved with the Russian investigation including George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
“Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public? And has the FBI ever conducted an interview that you were limited to five minutes, which is what happens in congressional hearings?” asked Gowdy.
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Gowdy said he’s “sure” that Comey would only want him to have five minutes, but that he needs much more.
Gowdy also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, and the two panels have been investigating for more than a year the FBI and Justice Department’s actions before the 2016 election.
When asked why Comey wasn’t subpoenaed earlier, Gowdy said it is because the two panels had to interview everyone else before they got to him.
Gowdy said the investigation followed normal processes in interviewing others before interviewing major actors in the investigation like Comey and Lynch.
“The natural chronology of investigations is you interview everyone up to a certain point, and then you save the Jim Comey and Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates for the end. That’s how you naturally work investigations,” he said during the interview.
These important interviews are saved “at the end,” Gowdy commented. “We’ve interviewed a lot of witnesses.”
Further, Gowdy explained that nonpublic hearings allow lawmakers and their investigative staff to ask more thorough questions that Comey and others have more freedom to answer behind closed doors.
“Oh he’s coming, whether he likes it or not,” said Gowdy, via the Washington Examiner. “And Bob Goodlatte will set the terms, not Jim Comey.”
And: “Congress is going to decide how we can best advance the fact-finding and the truth.”
Comey’s testimony is scheduled for November 29 and Lynch’s is scheduled on December 5.