Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s stunning demand that the rest of the world apologize to him for his own transgressions is not sitting well with retired South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.
“He’s a two-time offender,” he said of Comey during an appearance Friday evening on Fox News. “Remember, Horowitz also dinged him for his handling of the Clinton email investigation, so now he gets dinged in the other major case he handled in 2016.”
Listen to his whole conversation with fill-in host Jason Chaffetz below:
Source: Fox News
In a report released last summer, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz excoriated Comey for behaving in an “insubordinate” way and engaging in “ad hoc” decision-making during the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In another report — this one concerning the memos about President Donald Trump that Comey had leaked — released this week, the IG said that Comey “violated Department or FBI policy” by sharing his memos with the media, set a “dangerous example” for his colleagues and sought to “achieve a personally desired outcome.”
Following the release of the report, Comey posted two stunning tweets in which he wrote that an apology from “all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker'” would be nice:
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
“I never said Comey should or would go to jail,” Gowdy continued Friday.
“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 and then had amnesia when the FBI came to his home to try to retrieve government property.”
He then shared some advice with the former FBI director turned gossip queen.
“I’m not going to apologize, but I will give him a piece of unsolicited advice. … You should aspire to more in life than simply skating by without having been indicted,” he said.
“If that is in 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 for- simply because you were not indicted, you better give back some of those ‘Higher Loyalties’ speaking fees.”
Last year Comey published a gossip-laden memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” in which he portrayed himself as some sort of selfless, heroic historical figure.
But as noted by former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst James A. Gagliano, Horowitz’s latest report makes it clear that Comey’s “highest loyalty” was always “to himself.”
The OIG determined you violated FBI policy AND your Employment Agreement.
The damning report says you “set a dangerous example for over 35,000 current FBI employees, to achieve a personally desired outcome.”
It’s the public, FBI and President who deserve an apology from you.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 29, 2019
It also makes it clear why Trump had been right to fire him.
“The report focuses on how Mr. Comey handled seven memos he wrote in 2017 about his interactions with Mr. Trump. IG Michael Horowitz finds that in treating his memos as personal documents rather than official FBI records, improperly storing them at home, failing to inform the bureau he had them, or leaking them to the press, Mr. Comey ignored FBI and Justice protocols and broke his employment agreement,” The Wall Street Journal board notes.
“These violations may not be crimes, and the Justice Department declined to prosecute after referral by the IG. But they are unacceptable in someone who had Mr. Comey’s authority and has made his career assailing others for lesser offenses. They show again why Mr. Trump was right to fire him.”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on Fox, Chaffetz then asked Gowdy about concerns from those who say justice hasn’t been meted out here — that Comey is being let off the hook.
“I would tell my fellow citizens this: We have to have other ways of meting out accountability other than simply indictments,” he replied. “Hillary Clinton was never indicted, she was never charged, therefore never guilty of a crime, yet the American jury in 2016 meted out a consequence.”
“James Comey, whether he likes it or not, all of his past … will be forgotten. God in history will be all of our judges, but they will judge James Comey based on the fact that he got dinged on both of the investigations he was handling in 2016 by the inspector general. That will be the accountability. That’s what history will remember about Jim Comey.”
The discussion concluded with Chaffetz asking Gowdy whether he plans to apologize to Comey.
“What temperature is it in Hell right now!?” the former congressman replied. “Is it snowing? When it snows in hell, you let me know. Why would I apologize to somebody who has been dinged on both of the major investigations by a guy like Michael Horowitz, who is hardly a Republican!?“
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