Gowdy calls congressional hearings like Cohen's 'utterly useless'

Former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Democrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that congressional hearings like the one featuring President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, are "utterly useless."

“What we learned this past week is how utterly useless public congressional hearings are,” Gowdy said on "Fox & Friends."

“I think two closed-door sessions this past week on the Senate and House side with the Intelligence committees were very helpful. That is why they’re bringing Cohen back.”

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Gowdy in 2015 grilled former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE for hours over her role and knowledge of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

When questioned on Monday by host Steve Doocy about the Benghazi hearings, Gowdy, who is now a contributor with Fox News, said, "I was an utter, unmitigated failure.”

"Which is why in the one investigation I ran we interviewed 103 people. One hundred and two of them were done behind closed doors."

Cohen last week gave testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, during which the former lawyer made a number of explosive claims about Trump's behavior in office, calling the president a "racist" and "con man."

Cohen is facing a three-year prison sentence for a series of charges including lying to Congress.