WASHINGTON: There is little doubt Republicans prove more than a little inept when it comes to providing congressional oversight over the executive branch of the Federal government. And no GOP lawmaker better exemplifies this failure than Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
The House Select Committee on Benghazi
You may recall that in 2012, Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists assaulted our Benghazi consulate in Libya. The attack killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The cause for the assault was suppressed by the Obama administration with a false cover story. They claimed an American-made, anti-Islamic YouTube video inspired the incident and that the attackers were justifiably angry. Both Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton perpetuated this lie, apologizing profusely for America’s Islamophobia at home and abroad.
The House Select committee later discovered Clinton illegally stored sensitive government emails on her private home computer server. She later deleted 33,000 of them and sent many marked “top secret” to her assistant Huma Abedin’s laptop. Abedin’s husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, used that same laptop to send naked pictures of himself to underage girls.
Weiner did end up going to prison. However, nothing of consequence resulted from the Benghazi or Clinton email investigations. But the American public did get a worthless, unread, House committee report out of it.
Gun-running down Mexico way
Meanwhile, the House Government Reform Committee, half a decade after the fact, still waits for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department to surrender all documents related to the Obama Justice Department’s sale of weapons to Mexican drug lords as part of Operation Fast and Furious.
These monumental failures have one thing in common: Trey Gowdy.
Deep State love
Trey Gowdy recently shocked conservatives by defending the FBI’s planting of spies in Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Later, he tried to explain that action to Fox News.
“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it was nothing to do with Donald Trump… When the FBI comes into contact with information about what a foreign government may be doing in our election cycle, I think they have an obligation to run it out.”
A never-ending witch hunt
Entering its second year, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-collusion investigation of President Trump and his campaign has been reduced to chasing leads for Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s payoffs to an aging stripper.
Trump campaign associates have been nabbed for “lying to the FBI” and for alleged tax irregularities committed long before Trump ever thought of running for president. But the Trump/Russia plot to deprive “Crooked Hillary” of the U.S. presidency remains as elusive as Bigfoot.
The Russia collusion charges by foreign agent and British spy Christopher Steele were bought and paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The unsubstantiated claims given him by dubious Kremlin sources were included in the infamous dossier compiled by Steele. That dossier proved just what the secret FISA court needed to grant the thinly-supported FISA warrants that allowed the FBI to infiltrate the Trump campaign.
Ronald Kessler, author of “The Secrets of the FBI,” recalled in The Daily Beast how the late Director J. Edgar Hoover kept a trove of “Official and Confidential” files on Washington’s ruling elites.
“Hoover kept the files with sensitive information about political leaders in his suite so that young file clerks would not pursue them and spread gossip.”
On James Comey’s watch, the FBI apparently turned that policy on its ear.
America’s Gestapo. What do they have on Trey Gowdy?
In a handwritten note dated May 12, 1945, President Harry S Truman complained about the FBI.
“We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex life scandals and plain blackmail when they should be catching criminals.”
The existence of the FBI’s secret files on politicians, some historians believe, made J. Edgar Hoover FBI Director for life. But Hoover kept his files on the “sex life scandals” of our elected representatives away the eyes of curious Oval Office occupants.
That all ended in 1993 when FBI Director Louis Freeh gave Craig Livingstone, President Bill Clinton’s director for the White House Office of Personnel Security, access to hundreds of these files. They served Bill Clinton well during his Senate impeachment trial. Clinton leaked the sexual indiscretions of GOP House managers to pornographer and kindred spirit, Larry Flint.
The FBI’s affinity for sexually charged innuendo certainly explains the agency’s long association with British spy Christopher Steele. After all, the most explosive aspect of Steele’s dossier centered on then-candidate Trump’s alleged sexual conduct with Russian prostitutes. That allegation purportedly made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
Now, Tres Gowdy says we must accept what President Truman correctly called FBI “Gestapo” tactics as a normal part of America’s electoral process.
That begs the obvious question: What’s inside Trey Gowdy’s secret FBI file?
Top Image: composite photo illustration of Trey Gowdy (right) with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Photos: National Archives and Wikipedia.