Trey Gowdy Just Put His Signature On Something ALL Americans Can Get Behind

Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is seen by many conservatives as a rock in Congress – someone who does not sway to public opinion, speaks bluntly, acts rationally, and spearheads some important legislative proposals.

The Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is again showcasing his ability to bring truth to light by requesting the FBI share secret memos drafted by former FBI Director James Comey.

The South Carolina congressman joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting the release of the Comey memos to all members of Congress.

As it stands now, the memos are on a “read and review” policy for select members on the Intelligence Committee.

Per House Judiciary Committee:

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting copies of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey’s memos.

“There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress,” the letter reads.

Here’s more:

Dear Mr. Rosenstein:

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In testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, James Comey, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), confirmed the existence of memos he had drafted memorializing his conversations with President Donald J. Trump (the Comey memos). The FBI produced these memos on a “read and review” only basis to select Meembers and staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Committees request the Department of Justice make copies of the Comey memos available immediately. Copies of any unclassified memos should be produced to all three Committees in unredacted form. Copies of any memos containing classified information should be produced to all three Committees in both (1) unredacted form, in an appropriately secure setting; and (2) declassified form, with appropriate redactions.

Fox News Insider reports Gowdy is one of just a handful of congressional members who have read the Comey memos. “I think they ought to be released. I think they ought to be released publicly, but they certainly ought to be released to Congress,” Gowdy said, per the report.

Check it out:

Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the contents of the Comey memos to be publicly released. According to the group’s president, Tom Fitton, the Justice Department is stonewalling the request:

Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for information about former FBI Director James Comey’s memorandum written after his meeting with President Trump regarding potential interference by the Russians in the 2016 presidential election (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01189)

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Department of Justice failed to respond to a May 16 FOIA request seeking:

The memorandum written by former Director James Comey memorializing his meeting and conversation with President Trump regarding the FBI’s investigation of potential Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Judicial Watch is pursuing six FOIA lawsuits (see here, here, here, here and here) related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates during the FBI’s investigation of potential Russian involvement.

As Fox News Insider reports, Trey Gowdy recently condemned Comey’s book launch as “beneath the dignity of the [FBI]”:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said it’s “sad” that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a tell-all book detailing the private interactions he had with President Trump.

Gowdy said that he and Comey had agreed in the past that the FBI director must be apolitical, and he’s “really disappointed” that Comey is speaking out publicly like this.

“I can’t think of anyone who has done a better job of politicizing the FBI than he has in the last 36 or 48 hours by talking about tanning bed goggles and the length of a tie. That is beneath the dignity of the offices that he held,” Gowdy said on “Fox & Friends” on Friday.

He added that he hopes Comey let the intelligence communities vet the book, to ensure he’s not disseminating classified information.

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