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Gowdy on Reid: ‘I Did Not Know Mormons Used Drugs’

Benghazi committee chairman criticizes minority leader for criticism of Comey

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy,chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said, "Thank God," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is retiring. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy,chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said, "Thank God," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is retiring. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy slammed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday for suggesting FBI Director James B. Comey might have broken the law in divulging some details of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Reid sent a letter to Comey saying that he might have violated the Hatch Act by influencing an election when he revealed that the bureau was reviewing new emails that might be pertinent to its investigation of the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

The Nevada Democrat accused Comey of practicing a double standard because he said the FBI director hasn’t released “explosive information” about coordination between Republican nominee Donald Trump, “his top advisers and the Russian government.”

“Thank God, he’s leaving, is my initial reaction,” Gowdy told Fox News. “My second reaction is, 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, who chairs the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said that the blame rests with Clinton for using a private server, not the FBI director.

“She is the author of her own destiny. Everything that’s happened since then is the natural, probable consequence of deciding you’re going to have a rogue email system,” Gowdy said Friday on Fox News after Comey sent his letter to Congress. “I understand she’s upset and I understand she doesn’t like the timing but she need look no further than herself.”

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