Rep. Gowdy Calls Out 'Mr. Transparency' James Comey, Previews Former FBI Director's Testimony
Rep. Trey Gowdy joined Shannon Bream on "Fox News @ Night" to preview former FBI Director James Comey's Friday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
Comey initially resisted the subpoena from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), saying he wanted a public hearing. But he will appear for the closed-door testimony after Goodlatte agreed that the former FBI head's remarks would be made public in their entirety and Comey is allowed to discuss the hearing publicly.
Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.
— James Comey (@Comey) December 2, 2018
Gowdy (R-S.C.), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Oversight Committee, said lawmakers want to ask Comey about "everything" that occurred at the bureau under his watch, including the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the impetus for the Russia probe and alleged FISA abuse.
"The FBI had a criminal investigation into a presidential candidate, and then less than a month after that ended, they launched a counterintelligence investigation into the campaign of the other major presidential candidate," Gowdy explained. "So that's a lot of power that we have given an entity, and it is not too much to ask for the former head of that entity to come explain to Congress the decisions made and not made during the relevant time period."
Gowdy took issue with Comey's initial insistence that it be a public hearing, allegedly in the interest of transparency.
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."
"Why 'Mr. Transparency' wants to go back to a setting where he knows he cannot answer the questions is befuddling to me, and I don't think my fellow citizens buy that," Gowdy said.
Watch the "Fox News @ Night" interview above.