South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was one of several Republicans to question FBI Director James Comey during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday, and he dropped a bomb on Barack Obama that left the director stumbling for words.
Gowdy questioned Comey over the leaks regarding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose name was supposed to be protected under the laws governing FISA warrants but was leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post. After confirming that the release of such information is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Gowdy then tried to nail down who the likely source of the leaks was.
He asked Comey if former National Intelligence Director James Clapper “knew the name of the U.S. citizen that appeared in The New York Times and Washington Post?… Would he have access to an unmasked name?”
From there, Gowdy went down the line and asked similar questions of other top officials in the Obama administration, former CIA Director James Brennan, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former White House advisor Ben Rhodes, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Finally, Gowdy went for the throat and directly asked Comey if he had “briefed President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn.
“I’m not going to go get into either that case or any conversations I had with the president,” Comey answered.
Watch the segment below: