Trey Gowdy

Gowdy Fumes at White House Over Russia Scandal

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy lashed out at the Trump administration over the “drip, drip” in the ongoing Russia controversy, sarcastically suggesting that officials get checked for amnesia about any contacts with Russia, Politico reports.

Said Gowdy: “If you had a contact with Russia, tell the special counsel about it! Don’t wait until the New York Times figures it out!”

Is Trey Gowdy Planning a Benghazi Surprise?

Washington Post: “Gowdy, after blowing through several previous deadlines he set, has said to expect a final report ‘before summer,’ and Republicans say they are drafting it now. In another indication that the rollout is approaching, Gowdy last month stopped giving Democrats transcripts of witness interviews. This move, ostensibly to prevent leaks, diminishes the minority’s ability respond to allegations contained in the majority report.”

“Depending on how long the declassification review takes, the Benghazi report is on track to drop by mid-July, just before Congress recesses for the conventions and at a time when Republicans will be in need of a distraction from the Trump-Cruz standoff. If the review takes longer (they typically last from a few weeks to a several months), it could come out in September, in the campaign’s homestretch.”

“Either scenario would confirm what critics of the panel have said all along (and what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy incautiously confirmed) — that the panel is a political exercise designed to damage Clinton.”

Behind the Rapid Rise of Trey Gowdy

Jason Zengerle: “For all the recent evidence that careers can unspiral pretty quickly in Washington—see the soon-to-retire House Speaker John Boehner or his would-be replacement, Kevin McCarthy—you might consider as the converse the bright and rising star that is Trey Gowdy.”

“It wasn’t so long ago that the third-term Republican congressman from South Carolina was a virtual nonentity on Capitol Hill, a point he concedes himself… To the extent he was known at all, it was for his golf handicap (a 1.7, he says, the lowest in the House) and for his bewildering haircut—an ever-changing coiffure that has rotated between a faux-hawk, a slick-back, and a modified mullet. And yet, in the last several weeks, Gowdy has been pestered—at times outright begged—by his congressional Republican colleagues to take McCarthy’s place as Majority Leader and Boehner’s as Speaker of the House.”

Quote of the Day

“I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life. Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.”

— Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), quoted by Politico, over accusations that his Benghazi investigation is only a political attack on Hillary Clinton.

Boehner Pressed Gowdy In Secret Meeting

Speaker John Boehner secretly met with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) “to encourage him to jump into the race for House majority leader, a dramatic attempt by the chamber’s top Republican to try to influence the intraparty election,” Politico reports.

“The previously undisclosed meeting reveals new behind-the-scenes involvement by Boehner, who has not endorsed any candidates in the leadership race. That the Ohio Republican inserted himself in the contest underscores his concern about who succeeds him in GOP leadership.”

Lawmaker Says Gowdy Will Not Run for Re-Election

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said that Tea Party favorite Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) “won’t run for a fourth term, and instead plans to retire at the end of the current Congress to return to his home state,” the Washington Examiner reports.

Said Fleming: “Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that. At the end of his term, yes. He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee. But he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there.”

Gowdy Unlikely to Enter Leadership Race

“A sudden swell of enthusiasm Tuesday for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to make a late-entry bid into the race for House majority leader faded almost as quickly as it began,” the Washington Post reports.

“Gowdy’s roller-coaster ride is a testament to the restiveness among the chamber’s younger generation of conservatives, who want more than assurances from above about their influence in the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) resignation announcement. They want a high-profile seat at the leadership table — and to inject some swagger into a party that for months has been meekly navigating through infighting and chaos.”

Issa Crashes Benghazi Deposition

Former House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, The Hill reports.

“Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin.”

Gowdy Might Take Clinton’s Word on Emails

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), “who heads the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead, says he might be willing to accept assurances under oath from Hillary Clinton that she has provided all her relevant emails to the panel — dropping requests for an independent examination of her computer server,” USA Today reports.

Said Gowdy: “If she were, under some theory, able to say, ‘yes, I can promise you under penalty of perjury you have every single document you’re entitled to,’ that would probably shut off that line of inquiry. If she can, then it will be a short conversation.”

GOP Lawmakers May Have Broken Gun Laws

“Police in Washington, D.C. have been referred materials for a possible investigation into two Republican congressmen who apparently posed for a picture with an assault rifle in a House office building,” The Hill reports.

“Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) last week tweeted a picture of himself and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the leader of the House GOP’s Benghazi investigation, holding an AR-15. Having the AR-15 in the District could be a violation of the city’s strict gun laws, and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General’s Office has referred the matter to police.”