Elder Patriot – South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy had been the lone conservative Republican House member who had resisted calling for the appointment of a special counsel into the Obama administration’s FISA abuse. That is no longer the case.
As evidence continued to mount of just how nefarious and widespread corruption had become among the highest-level officials answering directly to Obama actually was, Gowdy realized that only an independent special counsel would be recognized by the American people as having the legitimacy to bring a case that might not be viewed as having been politicized.
Gowdy’s decision was an abrupt about face from his prior stance in opposition to another special counsel. Gowdy said he was prompted to reverse himself when he realized that the DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, investigating the case had limited investigative authority and no prosecutorial powers.
Gowdy told Fox News what tipped his decision:
“What changed for me was the knowledge that there are two dozen witnesses that Michael Horowitz, the [DOJ] Inspector General, would not have access to,” Gowdy said. “When I counted up 24 witnesses that he would not be able to access were he to investigate it, yeah only one conclusion, that’s special counsel.
“That list of witnesses includes anyone from former FBI director James Comey to Andy McCabe, to Ribicki, Sidney Blumenthal, Cody Shearer. Anyone who no longer workers for the Department of Justice or the FBI, [or the] State Department.”
Gowdy made his change of heart official when he joined Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in penning a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding the appointment of a special counsel to investigate “conflicts of interest” and decisions “made and not made” by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that “the public interest requires” the action.
In their letter Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote: “Matters have arisen—both recently and otherwise—which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly.”
Gowdy responded to a question asking him why a special counsel was needed by taking a swipe at Adam Schiff and other Congressional Democrats: “Congress doesn’t have the tools to investigate this… We leak like the Gossip Girls.”
Goodlatte and Gowdy both expressed reservations that the “decisions of both former and current Department of Justice and FBI officials are at issue,” and that they did not believe the DOJ was “capable” of investigating the “fact patterns in a fashion likely to garner public confidence.”
While there is no evidence as of yet indicating that I.G. Horowitz will not conduct a thorough, apolitical investigation, President Trump left no doubt that he was uncomfortable with an Obama holdover having so much sway over deciding the “potentially massive FIA abuse.”
Gowdy and Goodlatte agreed and wrote to Sessions that:
“There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases.
“There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.
“While we have confidence in the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, the DOJ IG does not have the authority to investigate other governmental entities or former employees of the Department, the Bureau, or other agencies.”