Gowdy suggests videotaping private interview with Comey to address concerns about leaks

Gowdy suggests videotaping private interview with Comey to address concerns about leaks
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Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe Comey defends FBI actions on Flynn in House interview MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday suggested recording a private interview with James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story MORE after the former FBI director said he would comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena only if it meant holding a public hearing.

Gowdy, who has presided over several congressional hearings as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS's "Face the Nation," that he agreed with Comey's point that private hearings are susceptible to selective leaks.

"The remedy for leaks is not to have a public hearing where you are supposed to ask about 17 months worth of work in five minutes. I think the remedy is to videotape the deposition, videotape the transcribed interview," he said. 

Gowdy suggested the interview could be scrubbed for classified information, then released to the public.

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"I am sensitive to leaks," Gowdy added. "I think they undercut the authenticity of the investigation. The remedy is not to have a professional wrestling-type, carnival atmosphere, which is what congressional public hearings have become."

He noted that a public hearing with Comey could be particularly contentious, as members of both parties have been critical of the former FBI director's conduct.

Gowdy said the decision on how to handle Comey's testimony will ultimately fall to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteHouse GOP probe into FBI, DOJ comes to an end Murkowski to reintroduce bill to help abused Native American women FBI hits GOP chairman over push to clear sensitive transcripts by Christmas Eve MORE (R-Va.).

Comey, who was fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE in May 2017, tweeted on Thanksgiving that he received a subpoena from House Republicans to testify.

"I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a 'closed door' thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion," Comey tweeted. "Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see."