- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Twitter snark by former FBI Director James B. Comey toward Rep. Trey Gowdy did not go unnoticed on Thursday.

The author of “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” was not happy with the South Carolina Republican for comments to Fox News regarding his closed-door hearing with two House committees — Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform.

Mr. Comey’s anger, displayed via sarcastic tweets about the process, received a barbed response shortly thereafter by Mr. Gowdy.

“And I was worried this wouldn’t be a dignified, open-minded search for the truth,” Mr. Comey tweeted Thursday in response to the Republican calling him an “amnesiac with incredible hubris.”

Mr. Gowdy replied later Thursday.

“Director Comey, I was disappointed in what you didn’t remember, but even more disappointed in what you never knew,” he wrote, echoing a statement he made on Wednesday to Fox’s Martha MacCallum. “I’ll see you on Monday.”

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At issue is Mr. Comey’s handling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, along with the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“I think Jim Comey was primarily motivated by a desire to protect the brand of Jim Comey,” Mr. Gowdy told Fox on Wednesday.

“I defended him a lot in 2016, even when it was lonely to do so. I would still defend him today if I thought he was making the right decisions, but he has been so overtly partisan since he left — not just [with] the president, but he wants people to vote Democrat, he wants a Democrat House. He’s just become a political flunky,” he said. “It’s the same guy, in this very room that you and I are in right now, said the FBI doesn’t give a hoot about politics … Go read Comey’s Twitter feed and see whether or not he cares about politics.”

Mr. Comey has consistently defended his decisions regarding Mrs. Clinton’s case and maintains that “four Americans who had some connection to Mr. Trump during the summer of 2016” prompted the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Lawmakers, including Mr. Gowdy, accuse him of minimizing the importance of partisan text messages by fired agent Peter Strzok and former bureau lawyer Lisa Page, among other criticisms of the FBI’s investigations.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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