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Trey Gowdy Torches ‘Sanctimonious’ Comey in House Hearing: He Was ‘Dead Wrong’

In House hearings on Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz continued testimony before the Judiciary Committee regarding the release of the IG report last week. Former FBI Director James Comey faced withering criticism during this process, even from Republicans who have been largely supportive of Robert Mueller‘s probe.

Among those blasting Comey, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) offered a particularly memorable excoriation.

“Bias is intrinsically harmful,” said Gowdy on Tuesday in a critical observation that goes to the heart of the issues under review. “It is the making up of your mind based on anything other than the facts.”

Gowdy offers a devastating accounting of the bias exposed in the report, a listing that should honestly be shocking to any American.

“Ironically this Inspector General has been accused of softening or watering down his report, when the reality is it was Jim Comey who softened and watered down his press release announcing no charges against Secretary Clinton,’ said Gowdy.

“We see Jim Comey, and Jim Comey alone, deciding which DOJ policies to follow and which to ignore. We see Jim Comey, and Jim Comey alone, deciding whether there is sufficient evidence to support each and every element of a defense.”

“Clearly Jim Comey had lost confidence in the DOJ to handle the case in a way worthy of public trust,” he said, and pointed out that unlike when he had lost trust in the Trump administration, he didn’t make special notes or leak confidential information regarding Obama’s Justice Dept. “He didn’t lift a finger,” he said.

“Instead he appointed himself FBI Director, Attorney General, Special Counsel, lead investigator, and the general arbiter of what is good and right in the world, according to him.”

The clip was replayed on Fox News, but has not made the air on MSNBC or CNN yet today, who instead are continuing to cover the child separation at the border. In fact, at the time of this posting, neither has covered the hearings in any way, other than a tease before a break during CNN’s Newsroom for a segment that never actually came up.

In the above video clip, courtesy of Fox News, watch Gowdy list the examples of bias. Below, via C-SPAN, he opens his statement by explaining the nature and importance of bias in these investigations.

Comey was “dead wrong,” Gowdy said, when he in a “sanctimonious” way that men and women in the FBI do not “give a hoot” about politics. “There agents and attorneys at the FBI who gave a lot more than a ‘hoot’ about politics.”

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