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Gowdy: Comey 'Made Up His Mind' Early on Clinton Charges

Trey Gowdy said Former FBI Director James Comey made up his mind not to charge Hillary Clinton before he interviewed her. (Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 14 September 2017 02:12 PM

Former FBI Director James Comey "made up his mind" not to charge Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a crime in connection with her use of a private email server even before he interviewed her, Rep. Trey Gowdy claimed Thursday, but he also said it was not up to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to accuse Comey of breaking the law.

"You don't make up your mind until you interview the last witness," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer.

"It is beyond dispute he made up his mind not to charge Secretary [of State] Clinton before he interviewed her. There is no question about that."

Not only did Comey not interview Clinton, Gowdy said, but there were many witnesses he did not speak with before making his decision not to prosecute her.

"What my friends in the Senate have uncovered, he may well have made up his mind before he interviewed the last dozen witnesses," said Gowdy. "How in the world can my fellow citizens have confidence in an investigation where you reach the conclusion before you even gathered all the facts and all the evidence is stunning?"

On Wednesday, Sanders, while answering questions on whether the White House had made a mistake when firing Comey, pointed out that he had taken several actions leading to his dismissal.

"The memos that Comey leaked were created on an FBI computer while he was the director," said Huckabee, referring to the contents of a memo detailing a meeting with President Donald Trump that was leaked to the media.

"Leaking FBI memos, regardless of classification, violates federal law," Sanders had said. "That's clean and clear that would be a violation."

On Thursday, Gowdy said if the matter is that "clean and clear," it's most likely it has been referred to the Department of Justice.

"After all, President Trump handpicked Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general," said Gowdy. "If the evidence is as clear as the press secretary says it is, I'm sure that matter is in Sessions' office."

However, Gowdy said it is not up to Sanders to allege whether Comey had broken the law.

"Alleging criminal violations is very serious and why I don't do it," he said. "Press secretaries don't get to make that call, nor do members of Congress or reporters. That's an executive branch function after an investigation, a charging decision is made by a career prosecutor. 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 would be my advice."

Sanders also has said the more she learns, the more Trump is vindicated for firing Comey, and Gowdy agrees that he does think there were reasons to replace the former FBI director.

"I think it took this administration a long time to settle on those reasons and some of the reasons they cited initially weren't all that good," said Gowdy. "I've had my differences with Jim Comey. He is gone now. We have a new FBI director. President Trump picked the person that he wanted. I'm very interested in talking to Jim Comey about how he left the FBI and about other decisions he made while he was the FBI director."

Hemmer noted that there are reports indicating Comey started writing his report on Clinton two months before he announced his decision, but Gowdy said the Senate has information he does not have.

"What I'm saying there is sufficient factual basis to bring him in and ask him when did you make up your mind you weren't going to charge Sec. Clinton," said Gowdy. "I've seen with my own eyes, he made up his mind before he interviewed her. How far back, whether it was two weeks or two months is immaterial to me. He did it before he interviewed the last witness."

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Former FBI Director James Comey "made up his mind" not to charge Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a crime in connection with her use of a private email server even before he interviewed her, Rep. Trey Gowdy claimed Thursday.
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