<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&amp;c2=15743189&amp;cv=2.0&amp;cj=1&amp;&amp;c5=&amp;c15=">

Gowdy: Comey had 'obligation' to make Clinton email announcement

110116 Weaver Gowdy Comey-pic
"I think Comey had an obligation. He told Congress that the investigation was over," Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Trey Gowdy argued Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey had an "obligation" to inform Congress that the FBI is re-examining the investigation into Hillary Clinton after emails surfaced on a device found during an unrelated investigation into Anthony Weiner.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, Gowdy said he disagreed with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who said on Monday that Comey erred by making the announcement this close to a presidential election. The South Carolina Republican argued that the FBI director had "no choice" but to tell members of Congress what is taking place.

"I think Comey had an obligation. He told Congress that the investigation was over. So new evidence came to light, he could have either sat on it and been criticized afterwards for not telling us, or he could have done the transparent thing and said, 'look, I'm notifying you,'" Gowdy said. "He didn't comment on the substance of the emails. He didn't even say that it's directly related to Secretary Clinton. He just said the investigation has reinitiated. So I viewed it as a notice document."

Gowdy also pressed that the blame Comey is receiving is unfounded, arguing that it's not his fault this is cropping up now and that Clinton herself is at fault.

"The timing, again, is not Jim Comey's fault. It is not his fault that this is coming up a week or so before the election," Gowdy said. "That is Secretary Clinton's fault."