Trey Gowdy rips James Comey for having the ‘moral arrogance’ to attack Rod Rosenstein

May 13, 2019

Trey Gowdy blasted “Saint James Comey” on Fox News on Friday.

The former congressman and prosecutor slammed the pomposity and “moral arrogance” that came from Comey during a CNN town hall Thursday in which the former FBI director made blanket judgments about Rod Rosenstein and defended the FBI’s conduct under his own leadership.

Gowdy said that Comey thinks he’s “always right” and criticized his glib attitude about surveillance on political campaigns.

“Saint James Comey, pretty much the same as any other interview. He’s always right. He gets to write the moral script,” Gowdy said. “If you deviate from that, if you’re Rod Rosenstein, then you lack character. If you’re somebody else, your soul has been eaten.”

Gowdy rips “Saint James Comey”

Filling in for Sean Hannity, former House Rep. Jason Chaffetz spoke with Gowdy on Friday night about Cardinal Comey’s latest sermon on CNN. The former FBI director defended the FBI’s use of an informant to spy on the Trump campaign, describing it as a moral duty, and criticized top officials who lack the character to resist being “co-opted” by President Donald Trump, including former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“I think people like that, like Rod Rosenstein, who are people of accomplishment but not real sterling character, strong character, find themselves trapped. And then they start telling themselves a story to justify their being trapped which is, ‘Yeah, he’s awful but the country needs me,’” Comey told host Anderson Cooper.

Cooper had asked Comey about a recent op-ed that Comey wrote on a similar theme. Written in his characteristically pompous style, Comey criticized those who lacked the strength to resist being corrupted by President Trump, who he said has a peculiar ability to “eat souls.”

The common denominator in Comey’s judgments is a narcissistic belief that he is right and everybody else is wrong, Gowdy said. While claiming to be morally superior, Comey refuses to concede that he did anything wrong when he led the bureau that spied on a political campaign.

“When I asked Jim Comey how did the Russia investigation get started, who started it, he didn’t know it was Peter Strzok, he never read the initiation document,” Gowdy said. “Comey refuses to believe that any of these decisions should be looked at, so he is always right… Everybody else is wrong, and he and [James] Clapper and [John] Brennan are validating the concerns that other people, including the president, have had about their objectivity by their comments and their demeanor after they left their offices.”

Comey again defended the FBI’s use of an informant to spy on Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on Thursday, which he said was “totally normal,” though he has repeatedly challenged the use of the term “spying” to describe his bureau’s activities, saying that the FBI was just doing its job when top officials obtained FISA warrants to surveil the Trump campaign and sent an undercover agent to watch Papadopoulos.

Comey blasts Trump, stokes conspiracy

Comey’s town hall performance was more of the same #Resistance hack punditry that has become the stock-in-trade of former Deep State bureaucrats like Brennan who use their title to create an impression that they have privileged information which allows them to make baseless accusations about the president.

Indeed, Comey’s comments hit all the right notes for the mainstream media: he speculated that Vladimir Putin had leverage on President Trump, attacked Trump’s character, claimed that Trump could be indicted upon leaving office, and downplayed the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Comey also called the FBI’s spying “reasonable” and said that the FBI doesn’t spy, it investigates. But spying must be legal and predicated by facts, Gowdy said.

“I am sure that crackerjack reporter who hosted the town hall asked Jim Comey with specificity what was the factual predicate,” Gowdy said. “If an FBI ran an informant in on George Papadopoulos, what was the factual predicate for doing so?”

The irony of Comey’s jeremiads, of course, is that had he not been fired, he would still be “working for an administration he thinks is too good for impeachment,” Gowdy said, criticizing the self-styled “paragon of virtue” for having the “moral arrogance” to take a cheap shot at Rosenstein. The former congressman went on:

If Rod Rosenstein had not fired him, he would still be the FBI director. The guy who talks about souls being eaten and the guy who says everybody else lacks character, he’d still be on that Air Force jet, sipping wine, crossing the country had he not been fired. So this paragon of virtue, James Comey, self-described paragon of virtue, would still be the FBI director, still working for an administration that he thinks is too good for impeachment had he not been fired.

The irony of Comey passing moral judgment on anyone is rich. This is the FBI director who acted with prejudice in his handling of the most consequential FBI investigations in recent memory, whether it was leaking private memos of his conversations with the president to spark a Special Counsel investigation or letting Hillary Clinton off the hook for her misuse of an email server.

Some speculate that Comey’s attacks on Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and the Justice Department are a pre-emptive defense against a coming indictment from Barr’s Justice Department. Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuses is expected soon — and when his report is released, the country may soon learn how hollow Comey’s pronouncements really are.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.