Trey Gowdy has built a reputation in Congress as a dogged investigator.
Now he just received a promotion.
And it’s bad news for Democrats.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz – who chaired the House Oversight Committee – announced he was retiring from Congress and would leave before his term was up.
That set off a scramble to find a successor, as Chaffetz was overseeing critical investigations such as those surrounding former FBI Director James Comey and his firing.
In stepped Trey Gowdy.
Axios reported Gowdy is expected to succeed Chaffetz:
“Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy recently said he “would not be the right person” to replace James Comey as FBI director — perhaps because he’s reportedly expected to take Jason Chaffetz’s House Oversight Committee chairman position, per Politico.
Why now: Chaffetz is leaving Congress in June and will not seek re-election, as he’s reportedly going to assume an on-air role at Fox News. In his absence, the committee will need a new chairman for the high-profile position, and various members of the House Steering Committee panel (which decides the chairmanship) told Politico Gowdy could “easily” win this position.
Why it matters: Gowdy led the investigation into the Benghazi attacks, and if selected as chairman, he would lead the investigation into whether Trump encouraged James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn’s possible collusion with Russia.”
The investigation into Comey’s firing took on urgency after Comey associates leaked excerpts of a memo claiming Trump urged him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
But the memo was undercut by Comey’s May 3rd testimony, where he admitted he never felt political pressure to stop an investigation.
The Washington Post reports the transcript of the exchange:
“HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice oppose a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?
COMEY: In theory, yes.
HIRONO: Has it happened?
COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something like that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”
Chaffetz has been trying to get Comey to testify to clear up this obvious contradiction.
But his efforts have been unsuccessful.
Officially noticed a hearing for next Wed at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey. But I still need to speak with him…evidently has a new #
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 17, 2017
Comey may be trying to duck his contradictory statements.
But with Gowdy in charge, any attempt to subvert the President by opponents like Comey and other Deep State bureaucrats will be rooted out.