Republican Representative Gowdy says he is not interested in Federal Bureau of Investigation job

Gowdy, who said he spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the position on Saturday, was among several people being considered for the post after James Comey was sacked last week.

Gowdy, a member of the committee, told MacCallum that Comey was not required to report the February 14 conversation with Trump to the Justice Department.

Gowdy, 52, was among 11 candidates on a White House list to replace Comey, who was unexpectedly fired by President Donald Trump last week.

Trying to understand what Gowdy was cryptically suggesting, MacCallum asked if he was saying there was pressure on Comey to avoid prosecuting Clinton.

Gowdy stressed "how indispensable it is that we respect our justice system and that it be worthy of our respect".

I was out of the country on a House Intelligence Committee mission when Jim Comey's tenure ended as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I spoke briefly with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Saturday when I returned and again this afternoon".

"Quite frankly, I think the country deserves a woman or a man who is devoid of political taint", he said.

On Monday, the Republican congressman said he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he would "not be the right person" to replace former director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald J. Trump last week. "I greatly appreciate the Attorney General speaking with me and respecting my decision and I wish him wisdom as he interviews potential candidates", Gowdy said.

"I think the country can do better than me, quite frankly", said Gowdy. "Perhaps we can work together again in the future", said Gowdy.

I am thankful for his service to our country and am hopeful our President will select an independent minded person to serve as the head of our nation's premier law enforcement agency.

  • Larry Hoffman