Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) (shown above) went off on former FBI director James Comey during a new interview on Fox News after the latter claimed he was owed apologies as a result of the newly released Department of Justice’s IG report.
In a Friday night interview, Gowdy was asked about Comey’s recent comments that apologies from people who “defamed” him “would be nice,” as Fox News reported.
Gowdy is the former chair of the House Oversight Committee. And he refused to say sorry — and instead offered Comey some advice.
“I never said Comey would or should go to jail,” Gowdy told Jason Chaffetz of Fox News on “Hannity.”
“I’m certainly not going to apologize to anyone who violated FBI and Department of Justice policy, who violated an employment agreement, who shared sensitive information about an ongoing investigation, who sent classified information to an unauthorized person,” added Gowdy — “and then had amnesia when the FBI came to his home to try to retrieve government property.”
“I will give him a piece of unsolicited advice,” Gowdy also said. “You should aspire to more in life than simply skating by without having been indicted.”
DOJ IG “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.” I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
Gowdy went on to describe Comey as a “two-time offender,” pointing out that Michael Horowitz, the DOJ’s inspector general — who was appointed by Barack Obama — “also dinged him for his handling of the Clinton email investigation.”
“If that is your goal in life to just not meet every essential element of a criminal offense and you think you should be congratulated and apologized to simply because you were not indicted, you better give back some of those ‘Higher Loyalty’ speaking fees,” Gowdy added, referring to Comey’s recent book.
When asked once again if he would ever apologize to Comey, Gowdy responded, “What temperature is it in hell right now? Is it snowing? When it snows in hell, you let me know.”
This comes after former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, who served in the administration of George W. Bush, said that when Trump fired Comey, he removed an individual from the FBI who had acted in his own interests.
“I’m sad to say after I read the IG report Trump didn’t obstruct justice — Trump freed justice,” he said.
“Trump freed the Justice Department of a man — a self-righteous crusader — who rejected the results of our constitutional system and democracy … President Trump won the 2016 election.”
This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.
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