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Gowdy scorches Comey for 'water-downed' Hillary probe, 'appointing himself' judge and jury ^ | June 19, 2018 | Brooke Singman

Posted on 06/19/2018 8:19:47 AM PDT by ETL

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy scorched James Comey in a blistering opening statement at a high-profile congressional hearing on Tuesday, declaring “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Gowdy kicked off the hearing featuring testimony from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his review of the Hillary Clinton email case. The top DOJ watchdog is on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row to discuss the explosive report.

But Gowdy launched into Tuesday's session -- a joint hearing held by the House oversight and judiciary panels -- with a fiery condemnation of the former FBI director and certain agents in the bureau he led.

Referring to IG findings that Comey defied his superiors in his handling of the Clinton email case, Gowdy accused the ex-director of essentially operating by his own rules.

"We see Jim Comey and Jim Comey alone deciding which DOJ policies to follow and which to ignore," he said.

Gowdy accused Comey of watering down his initial statement on the investigation's findings and making other decisions on his own. While Comey has suggested he acted unilaterally out of concern for the Justice Department's handling of the case, Gowdy questioned why he didn't seek a special counsel -- as he indirectly did regarding concerns about the Trump administration.

“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,” Gowdy said.

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From, July 7, 2016...

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A House panel grilled FBI Director James Comey two days after he recommended against prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an email server scandal. In the hearing, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy questioned Comey on the definition of intent and how Clinton could possibly evade punishment. ..."

Here’s a full transcript of the exchange:

Gowdy: Good morning, Director Comey.
Secretary Clinton said she never sent or received any classified information over her private e-mail, was that true?

Comey: Our investigation found that there was classified information sent.

Gowdy: It was not true?

Comey: That’s what I said.

Gowdy: OK. Well, I’m looking for a shorter answer so you and I are not here quite as long. Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails sent or received. Was that true?

Comey: That’s not true. There were a small number of portion markings on I think three of the documents.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton said “I did not e-mail any classified information to anyone on my e-mail there was no classified material.” That is true?

Comey: There was classified information emailed.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton used one device, was that true?

Comey: She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as Secretary of State.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton said all work related emails were returned to the State Department. Was that true?

Comey: No. We found work related email, thousands, that were not returned.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton said neither she or anyone else deleted work related emails from her personal account.

Comey: That’s a harder one to answer. We found traces of work related emails in — on devices or in space. Whether they were deleted or when a server was changed out something happened to them, there’s no doubt that the work related emails that were removed electronically from the email system.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton said her lawyers read every one of the emails and were overly inclusive. Did her lawyers read the email content individually?

Comey: No.

Gowdy: Well, in the interest of time and because I have a plane to catch tomorrow afternoon, I’m not going to go through any more of the false statements but I am going to ask you to put on your old hat. Faults exculpatory statements are used for what?

Comey: Well, either for a substantive prosecution or evidence of intent in a criminal prosecution.

Gowdy: Exactly. Intent and consciousness of guilt, right?

Comey: That is right[]

Gowdy: Consciousness of guilt and intent?

In your old job you would prove intent as you referenced by showing the jury evidence of a complex scheme that was designed for the very purpose of concealing the public record and you would be arguing in addition to concealment the destruction that you and i just talked about or certainly the failure to preserve.

You would argue all of that under the heading of content. You would also — intent. You would also be arguing the pervasiveness of the scheme when it started, when it ended and the number of emails whether

They were originally classified or of classified under the heading of intent. You would also, probably, under common scheme or plan, argue the burn bags of daily calendar entries or the missing daily calendar entries as a common scheme or plan to conceal.

Two days ago, Director, you said a reasonable person in her position should have known a private email was no place to send and receive classified information. You’re right. An average person does know not to do that.

This is no average person. This is a former First Lady, a former United States senator, and a former Secretary of State that the president now contends is the most competent, qualified person to be president since Jefferson. He didn’t say that in ‘08 but says it now.

She affirmatively rejected efforts to give her a account, kept the private emails for almost two years and only turned them over to Congress because we found out she had a private email account.

So you have a rogue email system set up before she took the oath of office, thousands of what we now know to be classified emails, some of which were classified at the time. One of her more frequent email comrades was hacked and you don’t know whether or not she was.

And this scheme took place over a long period of time and resulted in the destruction of public records and yet you say there is insufficient evidence of intent. You say she was extremely careless, but not intentionally so.

You and I both know intent is really difficult to prove. Very rarely do defendants announce ‘On this date I intend to break this criminal code section. Just to put everyone on notice, I am going to break the law on this date.’

It never happens that way. You have to do it with circumstantial evidence or if you’re Congress and you realize how difficult it is prove, specific intent, you will form lathe a statute that allows for gross negligence.

My time is out but this is really important. You mentioned there’s no precedent for criminal prosecution. My fear is there still isn’t. There’s nothing to keep a future Secretary of State or President from this exact same email scheme or their staff.

And my real fear is this, what the chairman touched upon, this double track justice system that is rightly or wrongly perceived in this country. That if you are a private in the Army and email yourself classified information you will be kicked out.

But if you are Hillary Clinton, and you seek a promotion to Commander in Chief, you will not be. So what I hope you can do today is help the average person, the reasonable person you made reference to, the reasonable person understand why she appears to be treated differently than the rest of us would be. With that I would yield back.

(the source of this transcript is closed captioning)

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1 posted on 06/19/2018 8:19:47 AM PDT by ETL
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From CNN, July 2016...

This was not his first time investigating the Clintons [Comey]

Nor his second. The email server probe marked the third time Comey has investigated Bill or Hillary Clinton.

His first run-in came in the mid-1990s, when he joined the Senate Whitewater Committee as a deputy special counsel. There he dug into allegations that the Clintons took part in a fraud connected to a Arkansas real estate venture gone bust. No charges were ever brought against either Clinton..."

"In 2002, Comey, then a federal prosecutor, took over an investigation into President Bill Clinton's 2001 pardon of financier Marc Rich, who had been indicted on a laundry list of charges before fleeing the country . ..."

"The Whitewater controversy (also known as the Whitewater scandal, or simply Whitewater) began with investigations into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s."

Whitewater Convictions

Jim Guy Tucker: Governor of Arkansas at the time, removed from office (fraud, 3 counts)

John Haley: attorney for Jim Guy Tucker (tax evasion)

William J. Marks, Sr.: Jim Guy Tucker's business partner (conspiracy)

Stephen Smith: former Governor Clinton aide (conspiracy to misapply funds). Bill Clinton pardoned.

Webster Hubbell: Clinton political supporter; Rose Law Firm partner (embezzlement, fraud)

Jim McDougal: banker, Clinton political supporter: (18 felonies, varied)

Susan McDougal: Clinton political supporter (multiple fraud). Bill Clinton pardoned.

David Hale: banker, self-proclaimed Clinton political supporter: (conspiracy, fraud)

Neal Ainley: Perry County Bank president (embezzled bank funds for Clinton campaign)

Chris Wade: Whitewater real estate broker (multiple loan fraud). Bill Clinton pardoned.

Larry Kuca: Madison real estate agent (multiple loan fraud)

Robert W. Palmer: Madison appraiser (conspiracy). Bill Clinton pardoned.

John Latham: Madison Bank CEO (bank fraud)

Eugene Fitzhugh: Whitewater defendant (multiple bribery)

Charles Matthews: Whitewater defendant (bribery)

Ultimately the Clintons were never charged, but 15 other persons were convicted of more than 40 crimes, including Bill Clinton's successor as Governor, who was removed from office.[40]


2 posted on 06/19/2018 8:20:20 AM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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This is nothing but grandstanding once again by the little faggot Gowdy.

NOTHING will come of this. He will never mention a single specific law that was violated even though laws were violated that could result in the death penalty.

3 posted on 06/19/2018 8:22:09 AM PDT by CodeToad
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Talk is cheap…and televised, which is great for politicians. Nothing ever happens. Comey, Hillary and Bill are still walking free, proving that there is no law enforcement in America for the well-connected.

4 posted on 06/19/2018 8:22:19 AM PDT by txrefugee
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Heat from Dragon Breath burn nothing

5 posted on 06/19/2018 8:22:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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Why no Trump DOJ indictment?

6 posted on 06/19/2018 8:23:09 AM PDT by joesbucks
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...Oh! “watered down.”

7 posted on 06/19/2018 8:23:54 AM PDT by Fido969 (In!)
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Okay, Gowdy. You huffed and puffed and stomped and got really, really mad. Who’s going to jail? Who’s being held in contempt? Are you going to demand that the Russia probe be dropped?

8 posted on 06/19/2018 8:25:12 AM PDT by grania (President Trump, stop believing the Masters of War!)
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To: grania

I have said forever that Issa and Gowdy are just actors pretending to be tough guys. I got pounded on here for saying it.

Neither one of them ever did anything but talk big.

9 posted on 06/19/2018 8:28:37 AM PDT by shelterguy
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Until Clinton is behind bars, I will have perfect confirmation that “justice” in America doesn’t apply to Democrats, Politicians or The Deep State.

10 posted on 06/19/2018 8:28:51 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Sessions IS the swamp.)
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To: joesbucks
Why no Trump DOJ indictment?

Because Sessions.

11 posted on 06/19/2018 8:30:34 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: grania

I am mad, and my haircut is stupid.

12 posted on 06/19/2018 8:30:52 AM PDT by chris37 ("I am everybody." -Mark Robinson)
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RE: ‘appointing himself’ judge and jury

Anybody who was paying attention in 2016 when Comey made his 15 minute presentation on his findings and then made his astounding conclusion already knew this.

We also know that Loretta Lynch gave him instructions to say what he said.

Who gave Loretta Lynch her instructions? Only those who stick their head in the sand like an Ostrich will not know.

13 posted on 06/19/2018 8:31:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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14 posted on 06/19/2018 8:34:03 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: shelterguy

I have said forever that Issa and Gowdy are just actors pretending to be tough guys. I got pounded on here for saying it.

Neither one of them ever did anything but talk big.

I agree with your take. When I see both of them come on I think, ok some tough talk, but no followup or legal actions result from it....

Then, all of a sudden something else comes on to grab the headlines and we never hear about the “ grilling or followup “ again

15 posted on 06/19/2018 8:34:28 AM PDT by patriotspride
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Don’t trust Gowdy

16 posted on 06/19/2018 8:34:59 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: shelterguy

They are politicians. Look at Cummings. He is a total con artist who is just another politician. Never in my life did I believe that men who shirked military duty (one by lying to an AF LTC and the other being AWOL from a duty station) would be Presidents. Until we get rid of lawyers as politicians we will have lying and acting.

17 posted on 06/19/2018 8:38:15 AM PDT by Lumper20
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Gowdy can learn something from Trump’s success:

We don’t care what you say, even if it’s scorching. We care what you DO. Please do SOMETHING.

Talk is cheap.

18 posted on 06/19/2018 8:38:51 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: joesbucks

Haven’t you heard? There are 300,000 sealed indictments, and the military is going to swoop in and collect all the miscreants. When Gitmo runs out of room, the rest will be executed for treason!

19 posted on 06/19/2018 8:39:26 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Gene Eric

I wouldn’t trust Gowdy without a full briefing on his NSA and FBI file...if it was clean, then I _might_ trust him. :-)

20 posted on 06/19/2018 8:39:44 AM PDT by cgbg (Hidden behind the social justice warrior mask is corruption and sexual deviance.)
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