Former national security adviser Susan Rice cannot hide from Congress forever, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Thursday.
Rice rejected a letter inviting her to testify before a Senate subcommittee investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. She claimed that because the letter did not come from the ranking Democrat on the panel as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., it was not a bipartisan invitation.
Gowdy shredded that comment.
Speaking of the House Intelligence Committee, of which he is a member, Gowdy said,”we’ll subpoena Susan Rice if we have to.”
“There are other ways to invite people other than via a letter. There are things called subpoenas. You shouldn’t have to use them with a former national security adviser, but if you do, you do,” Gowdy said during an interview on Fox News.
Rice has been identified as the Obama administration official responsible for unmasking associates of the Trump campaign who were caught up in surveillance activities.
In light of that, and her former position, Rice is a “very important witness,” Gowdy said.
“Members of Congress don’t pick the witnesses. Lawyers don’t pick witnesses. The facts pick the witnesses,” Gowdy said. “And whether Ambassador Rice likes it or not, she’s a really important fact witness.”
Gowdy also ridiculed the notion propagated by Hillary Clinton that FBI Director James Comey torpedoed her presidential campaign.
“I don’t think he (Comey) told Secretary Clinton to have her own server. I don’t think he told her to give disingenuous answers to questions throughout the campaign. I don’t think he told Anthony Weiner to communicate via text with underage girls,” Gowdy said.
“Secretary Clinton, at some point, ought to do a little self-reflection,” he added.
Gowdy also offered support for Comey, who in testimony Wednesday characterized his investigation into Clinton’s emails as filled with no good choices.
“Someone was gonna criticize him no matter what he did. He did what he thought was right,” Gowdy said.