Gowdy: Comey refused to address Russian document leak in classified setting

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Former congressman and current Fox contributor Trey Gowdy weighed in on the recent New York Times report on former FBI director James Comey’s alleged leak of a Russian intelligence document to the media in 2017.

Gowdy said during an interview with Fox’s Martha McCallum in regards to the bombshell report that “I’m not a fan of Jim Comey, but […] I’m not going to indict him or convict him based on New York Times reporting.”

The embattled former intelligence chief is under federal investigation due to what the Times says is “a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document.”

According to the report, a Russian intelligence document was obtained by hackers working for the Dutch government, which was then passed along to the FBI.

The Times report alleges that “The document played a key role in Mr. Comey’s decision to sideline the Justice Department and announce in July 2016 that the F.B.I. would not recommend that Hillary Clinton face charges in her use of a private email server to conduct government business while secretary of state.”

The Times characterized the new investigation as a politically motivated hit-job against Comey, who has been repeatedly excoriated by President Trump.

However, Gowdy explained that when Comey was asked to address the document in a classified Congressional briefing, Comey refused to comment on the matter.

“Jim Comey was asked behind closed doors in a classified setting to address it, and he would not do it. His response was [that] it was so highly classified, he was not even going to tell people that were cleared to hear it in a classified setting,” Gowdy said.

Gowdy called the Times report into question but also pointed out that although the piece isn’t helpful in determining Comey’s innocence or guilt, “My experience with him on this very fact pattern, the subject of the article, he would not address it even in a setting where he could do so. And it would have benefited him to do so, and he still did not do it.”
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