Former FBI Director James Comey’s time answering questions before Congress may not be over — at least, if Rep. Trey Gowdy has his way. In an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor said Comey should be brought before Congress to answer new allegations that he had decided on the outcome of the Hillary Clinton email investigation before interviewing all of the pertinent witnesses or reviewing all of the evidence.
“There is sufficient factual basis to bring him in and ask him, ‘When did you make up your mind that you weren’t going to charge Secretary Clinton?’” said Gowdy, who has earned the nickname “the Bulldog” because of his tenacious questioning methods.
“I can tell you, because I’ve seen with my own eyes, he made up his mind before he interviewed her,” Gowdy continued. “How far back, whether it was two weeks or two months, quite frankly is immaterial to me. He did it before he interviewed the last witness.
“How in the world my fellow citizens can have confidence in an investigation where you reached a conclusion before you even gather all the facts and all the evidence is stunning,” Gowdy added.
Obviously, Comey’s behavior breaks every established rule of the investigative process, something that Gowdy said Comey should answer for.
“If there’s anything that’s axiomatic in investigations it’s that you don’t make up your mind until you interview the last witness. It is beyond dispute that he made up his mind not to charge Secretary Clinton before he interviewed her,” Gowdy said. “There’s no question about that. What my friends in the Senate have uncovered is, he may well have made up his mind before he interviewed the last dozen witnesses.”
However, Gowdy stopped short of saying that criminal behavior was involved.
“Alleging criminal violations is very serious, which is why I don’t do it. Press secretaries don’t get to make that call. Members of Congress don’t get to make that call. Reporters don’t get to make that call. That’s an executive branch function after an investigation, a charging decision is made by a career prosecutor,” he said.
This is in contrast to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who caused quite the kerfuffle earlier this week when she stated that it was “pretty clean and clear” that Comey had broken the law.
“If it’s that clean and clear, I’m sure she referred it to the Department of Justice,” Gowdy noted.
Gowdy’s comments are just the latest news to come up in the past few weeks that is likely causing Comey some sleepless nights. It’s becoming more and more likely that the Hillary Clinton investigation — previously assumed to be totally over — is now going to come back into the spotlight yet again.
Good. This is something that was looked at only in the most desultory manner during the Obama administration, clearly with an eye toward exonerating her — and James Comey was a part of that.
It’s long past time to take a closer look.
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