Rep. Trey Gowdy had strong words and some sound advice for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman called remarks by Sanders about former FBI Director James Comey “very serious” and said he hoped she referred the information to the Department of Justice.
The South Carolina Republican was reacting to Sanders’ comments Wednesday that it was “pretty clean and clear” that Comey broke federal law by leaking memos he wrote as FBI chief.
“If it’s that clean and clear, I’m sure she’s referred it to the Department of Justice,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Thursday.
“Alleging criminal violations is very serious which is why I don’t do it,” Gowdy said. “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.”
Gowdy recommended that if Sanders had evidence of wrongdoing by Comey, she should refer it to the Department of Justice, adding that he did not know if she already had.
“So if you have evidence of a crime, instead of sharing it with a gaggle of reporters share it with the people who can actually do something about it,” he said. “That would be my advice.”
The lawmaker also noted that there is “sufficient factual basis” to investigate why Comey decided not to charge Hillary Clinton before he had even interviewed key witnesses.
“I’ve seen with my own eyes he made up his mind before he interviewed her,” Gowdy told Fox News. “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.”
He believes Comey’s decision and actions are “beyond dispute.”
“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 said.
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