Rep. Trey Gowdy believes that what former FBI Director James Comey calls a leak is actually classified as a crime, reports The Washington Times.
In an interview with Fox News, Gowdy said that Comey’s so-called “leak” is equivalent to distributing confidential information.
“His definition of a leak is to disseminate classified information,” Gowdy said. “That’s actually a crime. A leak is if you and I have an expectation of privacy in a conversation and then I go and divulge the contents of it.”
Comey claims the memos that were shared with the media, which detail his interactions with President Trump, were not leaked, and rationalizes the documents by referring to them as “unclassified information.”
The former FBI director also labels the documents not as a “work product,” but as a personal “diary.”
Gowdy disputes Comey’s claim, saying he “has a definition of the word leak that no one else has.”
“What he says is a leak is what the rest of us call a felony,” Gowdy, the former federal prosecutor, said. “Leaking is disclosing a confidential conversation which is exactly what he did.”
Gowdy also noted the “double standard” in Comey’s response on questionable reports by Hillary Clinton, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and President Trump.
“Clinton can lie and she ought to be president. McCabe can lie and he’s still a stand-up guy. But man, if President Trump tells any lies at all, then impeachment is too good a remedy for him,” Gowdy said.
Comey’s actions are currently being investigated by the Justice Department’s inspector general. They are examining whether Comey’s memos recounting his conversations with Trump were appropriately handled and were in compliance with agency policy.