Outgoing congressman Trey Gowdy on Friday said he is "disappointed" by James Comey's decision to write a tell-all book, adding that it's "beneath the dignity of the offices that he held."
"I think it's sad," Gowdy said.
Gowdy, R-SC., made the comments during an interview with Fox News' "Fox & Friends" morning program. He said he and Comey once agreed for the need of an apolitical FBI, a stance that the former FBI director betrayed with his forthcoming tome.
"I can't think of anyone who's done a better job of politicizing the FBI than he has in the last 36 to 48 hours," Gowdy told the Fox panel.
"That is beneath the dignity of the offices that he held. I'm really disappointed," Gowdy said.
"Whether or not the intelligence community's vetted this book, I hope he let them do it so he's not disseminating classified information. My guess is he did.
"But the writing of the book in general and then some of the things that he's talking about are just frankly beneath the dignity of some really important offices he once held," Gowdy said.
Reacting to Comey's televised admission that he neglected to inform President Donald Trump that Democrats bankrolled the research that led to the unverified dossier authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, Gowdy called it "relevant fact."
"Whether or not he should have told the president, the FBI certainly should have told the FISA court. That's my bigger concern, is they didn't tell the folks who authorize the warrant," Gowdy said of the dossier, which the FBI used as justification to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
"I think it would have been nice to tell the person who was the subject of the dossier also," Gowdy said.
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