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

Former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that congressional hearings like the one featuring President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall 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.