Conservatives generally cheer Trey Gowdy because he’s been relentless in pointing out hypocrisy and holes in liberal testimony over the course of several investigations and pulls no punches on his commentary.
Gowdy was recently voted in as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with huge jurisdiction to probe alleged misdeeds and abuses in the executive branch.
Many might see Gowdy as a strong Trump ally, who could have the power to quash the “witch hunt” over Trump’s supposed ties to Russia or whatever other high crimes and misdemeanors the left keeps hoping Trump has committed.
However, today Gowdy proved his “fair and balanced” bona fides with this statement about Trump’s request to drop the investigation completely.
Per the Washington Times, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday that President Trump asking to be cleared at the beginning of an investigation isn’t appropriate.
“At the end of an investigation if someone has done nothing wrong, it’s not inappropriate to ask the district attorney or someone else to say, hey since you had me under cloud, do you mind telling people I’m not under a cloud anymore? That’s probably not appropriate to do on the front-end of an investigation because I don’t think anyone would be able to answer that question fully,” Mr. Gowdy told CNN.
The South Carolina Republican said he promised special counsel Robert Mueller that he would not interfere with the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
“I promised Bob Mueller Tuesday night that I would not do anything wittingly or unwittingly that interfered with his probe. That used to be what I do for a living. I’m very sensitive to staying out of his lane.”
In recent weeks, some conservatives have become more vocal about their displeasure in havng Mueller head up the investigation. Former speaker Newt Gingrich suggested it was time for him to go:
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Mueller has hired a number of lawyers on his team who have donated to Democrats, and Mueller is seen by some as being too cozy with Former FBI director, James Comey.
Last week on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh expressed support for the suggestion that Trump fire Mueller, as has Mark Levin, writing on his Facebook page, “Mueller must step aside.”
Yes, it’s a waste of time and money to continue these investigations. They dominate the news cycle and draw focus away from more important issues. But if there’s truly no “there,” there, perhaps it makes sense to just get the whole shebang over with and move on.
Even if it’s within his purview as president to fire Mueller it opens up another nasty can of worms.
Per the New York Times, Under Justice Department rules, Mr. Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr. Mueller. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too — a series of events that would recall the “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon sought to dismiss a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.’
Oh gawd. We really don’t want to go back THERE, do we?
Let’s just hope with his good sense, Gowdy can help keep this whole thing on the rails. And over with quickly.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]