Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, led the congressional committee that investigated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s actions during the incident in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Sunday, Gowdy appeared on Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier to respond to Democrat Sen. Harry Reid’s claim that FBI Director Comey’s decision to re-open the investigation into Clinton’s email server was politically motivated.
“Your actions have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive investigation and what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party ore another,” read Reid’s letter.
“I’m writing to inform you that my office has determined these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions,’ this is Harry Reid, ‘you may have broken the law. The double standard established by your actions is clear.”
Gowdy held nothing back in his response.
“Thank God he’s leaving, is my initial reaction,” Gowdy told Baier.
“My second reaction is: I did not know Mormons used drugs. And anyone who is capable of sending out that press release has to be under the influence of something.”
Gowdy said Reid’s criticism of Comey is not only way off base, but the former senate majority leader’s words are a mere deflection from Hillary Clinton’s actions.
“The person responsible for this fact pattern is Secretary Clinton,” Gowdy said.
“Jim Comey did not tell her to use her private server. He did not say to mislead the public about whether or not you turned over all of your work emails. And he certainly didn’t say, Secretary Clinton, why don’t you say you neither sent nor received classified information.”
Gowdy reiterated that he believes Reid is acting out of pure partisanship and is being far more “political” than Comey.
“So, look, Senator Reid is a political hack and Jim Comey is a law enforcement office,” he said.
“He’s not a Republican or a Democrat. I’ve had my differences with him in the past, but he’s not a political hack like Senator Reid is.”