Gowdy Rips Comey's Request for Public Hearing: 'Did He Interview Hillary Clinton in Public?'
Rep. Trey Gowdy appeared on "Fox & Friends" Monday to react to the news that House Republicans plan to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) notified colleagues last week that he will subpoena Comey for a closed-door deposition Nov. 29 and Lynch for Dec. 5, as part of the investigation into the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation.
Comey responded to the news on Friday by calling for a public hearing, writing in a tweet, "House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let's have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient."
House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.
— James Comey (@Comey) November 16, 2018
Gowdy (R-S.C.), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Oversight Committee, took issue with Comey pushing for transparency, arguing that he was far from transparent in his time as FBI director.
"Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills -- has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public? And has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you're limited to five minutes, which is what happens in congressional hearings?" Gowdy said.
He noted that the last time Comey publicly testified before Congress, the former FBI director responded nearly 100 times with some variation of "I cannot answer that question in this setting."
"So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can't answer all the questions?" Gowdy said, adding that he would need much more than five minutes to adequately question Comey.
He concluded that the House Judiciary Committee needs to speak to both Comey and Lynch, but not in a "carnival freak show atmosphere."
"I got his tweet. He wants to do it in public, he wants to sell more books, he wants to be more famous. But Congress is going to decide how we can best advance the fact-finding and the truth."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.