In one of the most unexpected October surprise moments, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congressional leaders of both parties on Friday informing them that the FBI was reopening their investigation into Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Representatives from Clinton’s campaign as well as top Republicans took to the airways this weekend both praising and bashing Comey’s decision.
Among those who have been most critical of Comey is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid openly accused Comey of sending the notification to Congress and its timing for political reasons.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, appeared on Fox News Channels “Special Report with Bret Baier” Sunday to discuss those claims. Baier quotes a letter from Reid to Comey.
“Your actions have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information and what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party or another. I’m writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election,” the letter said.
This is how Gowdy responded:
“I did not know Mormons used drugs. And anyone who is capable of sending out that press release has to be under the influence of something,” Gowdy replied.
Jim Comey did not tell her to use her private server. He did not say to mislead the public about whether or not you turned over all of your work emails. And he certainly didn’t say, Secretary Clinton, why don’t you say you neither sent nor received classified information. So, look Senator Reid is a political hack and Jim Comey is a law enforcement officer.
Watch the interview here:
The harsh rhetoric is only bound to increase as we head into the final week of this campaign season. Democrats are calling on Comey to release additional information about what was found that prompted the reopening of the case. Reports indicate that a laptop with tens of thousands of emails was found by the FBI recently as they investigated former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) for alleged inappropriate behaviors with a minor. Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide for Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and the laptop was shared by Abedin and Weiner. Abedin was required by the FBI to turn over the material now seized by the FBI.