TREY GOWDY: Videotape Comey Deposition For Public to See (VIDEO)
On Sunday, outgoing Chairman of House Oversight Committee Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that James Comey’s deposition should be videotaped to remedy leaks.
Gowdy said public Congressional hearings have become ‘a wrestling type carnival atmosphere’ so Comey should be interviewed in a closed-door, taped deposition.
“Leaks are counterproductive whether Comey is doing it, whether the FBI is doing it, or whether Congress is doing it,” Gowdy said on Sunday, adding, “The remedy for leaks is not to have a public hearing where you are supposed to ask about 17 months worth of work in five minutes.”
I think the remedy is to videotape the deposition–videotape the transcribed interview. That way the public can see whether the question was fair, they can judge the entirety of the answer,” the South Carolina lawmaker said.
"Leaks are counterproductive whether @Comey is doing it, whether the FBI is doing it, or whether Congress is doing it," @TGowdySC tells @margbrennan @FaceTheNation, suggesting the former FBI director sit instead for a videotape deposition https://t.co/vn9dlEiIYx pic.twitter.com/j3QuTgEUZW
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 25, 2018
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) subpoenaed former FBI Director James Comey and Obama’s corrupt Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week.
On Thanksgiving Comey tweeted, “Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a “closed door” thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.”
Comey wants to have a public hearing in order to avoid answering tough questions and vowed to fight the Congressional subpoena in court.
Gowdy is correct to call for a private deposition to be videotaped then released to the public after classified information is scrubbed.