Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Monday if fired FBI director James Comey felt President Trump was trying to obstruct justice when he told him to lay off of former NSA Michael Flynn he sure didn't show it because he continued his work in the Trump Department of Justice.
In fact, Gowdy said, if it were up to Comey, he may still be FBI director today if he wasn't canned by the president.
"If it is obstruction of justice to ask someone to show leniency, then we’re going to have to build a lot more prisons in this country. And there are going to preachers in most of them," Gowdy said of Trump's alleged conversation with Comey.
"That is not obstruction of justice, that is what happens all across this county everyday, and Jim Comey must not have felt obstructed because he kept working for the guy... if it were up to him, he’d still be working for the guy," Gowdy said in an interview with FOX News host Martha MacCallum.
Transcript, via FOX News:
MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS HOST: All right, I want to ask you about Rudy Giuliani and what he said this weekend with regard to perjury traps and whether or not the president should sit down with Robert Mueller. Let’s play that.
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RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S ATTORNEY: There was no conversation about Michael Flynn. I think it was February when it supposedly took place. The memo came out in May. And in between, Comey testified, under oath, that, in no way, had he been obstructed at any time. And then all of a sudden, in May, he says he felt obstructed, he felt pressured by that comment, you should easy on Flynn.
So we – we maintain the president didn’t say that.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MACCALLUM: It was indicated, prior to that statement, that he president talked about it but that he meant nothing by it, that it didn’t constitute obstruction. So what do you make of all of this, Congressman?
REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SOUTH CAROLINA): Well, there are only two people that know whether or not it came up. One is President Trump and the other is Jim Comey. I think the better line of analysis, and again, I’m not the president’s lawyer, and he can do better than me, but there are four elements to perjury. It has to be under oath, it has to be material, it has to be intentional, the fault’s that it has to be intentional.
I think the president, if he doesn’t remember that coming up, that’s a perfectly acceptable answer, "I don’t remember," or "That’s not what I recall," or "I don’t think I phrased it that way."
Martha, I will tell you this. If it is obstruction of justice to ask someone to show leniency, then we’re going to have to build a lot more prisons in this country. And there are going to preachers in most of them.
For 20 years, I had preachers call me and ask me to please give this person a second chance, please show some leniency. That is not obstruction of justice, that is what happens all across this county everyday, and Jim Comey must not have felt obstructed because he kept working for the guy, and he wants – if it were up to him, he’d still be working for the guy.