Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently decided that he would not be a candidate to replace James Comey as FBI director, predicted that history “will be nicer” to the former director when classified details surrounding the investigation of Hillary Clinton becomes public knowledge. President Trump dismissed Comey this week, which was followed by a firestorm of criticism from Democrats.
Last year, Comey announced during the presidential campaign that he would not recommend prosecuting Clinton over her use of a private email server during her tenure as Barack Obama’s secretary of state. There has been speculation since then that Comey declined to make the recommendation because of the number of high-level politicians who may be implicated in Clinton’s political activities.
Gowdy told Fox News on Wednesday, “I’ve had plenty of differences with Jim Comey, I want to be really clear about that, but I think history is going to be much kinder to Comey over his July press conference [in which he declined to prosecute Hillary] than the Democrats were when he had it.” Gowdy gave nuanced praise to Comey, who may still come before Congress to testify about what he discussed with Trump earlier this month about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. “I think he had access to information that, because he’s a stand-up guy who’s not going to decimate classified information although God knows everyone else is, he’s not going to [release] it even if it casts him in a negative light.” He added, “…Comey had access to additional [classified] information that I am convinced that left him with no other choice than to make the decision he made in July.”