Jan. 31 (UPI) — Another member of Congress announced on Wednesday their decision not to seek re-election this fall.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said he will leave the House and return to the justice system.
Gowdy made the announcement on Twitter, saying he was “grateful for the opportunity to serve.”
“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office,” Gowdy wrote. “Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system.”
“There is no perfect time to make this announcement, but with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.”
Gowdy was first elected to Congress in 2010, has chaired of the House Oversight Committee since June and headed the House Benghazi Committee from 2014 to 2016.
On Jan. 13, Gowdy left the House Ethics Committee, saying his four committee assignments were a “challenging workload.”
( Daily Caller ) Lawmakers have been reluctant to discuss a classified four-page memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to spy on Trump campaign associates, but South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy provided several clues on Sunday to what’s in the controversial document.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy posed several questions to host Chris Wallace and his viewers that hinted at the allegations in the memo, which could be released by the House Intelligence Committee as early as this week.
“If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told Wallace.
“Do you want to know that the Democratic National Committee paid for material that was never vetted, that was included in a court proceeding?” he asked rhetorically.
“Do you want to know whether or not the primary source in these court proceedings had a bias against one candidate? Do you want to know whether or not he said he’d do anything to keep that candidate from becoming president?”
Gowdy’s reference to a source who said they opposed Donald Trump is unclear, though he would seem to be talking about Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier.
Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that was paid $1 million by the Clinton campaign and DNC to investigate Trump.
On “Fox News Sunday,” House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) discussed the opposition research conducted by Clinton campaign and DNC on President Donald Trump in the so-called Russian dossier. Gowdy said he was interested in looking into if the Hillary Clinton campaign attempted to “launder all of this through a law firm” to avoid transparency laws.
“I’m not an election law expert, but the good news is you don’t have to be too understated the absurdity believing you can just launder all of your campaign money by just hiring a law firm. Imagine if you and I were running for Congress, and we just hired a law firm and said ‘Hey, you go to all the opposition, you go buy all the television, you go buy all the bumper stickers, you go higher all the experts, and we will launder all of this through a law firm. I can’t think of anything that defeats the purpose of transparency laws more than that.”
He continued, “I am interested in that, and I am also interested in sharing some memory tricks with folks at the DNC because no one can remember who paid 10 million dollars to a law firm to do oppo research. I find that stunning. $10 million and no one can remember who authorized it, who approved it. So you’ve got two issues, a memory issue and then the lack of transparency by laundering money through a law firm.”
It is necessary to “better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn
Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, chairman of the Oversight Committee, announced they will launch a probe into the Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
They described it as necessary to “better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn.”
Other questions the Republican lawmakers said they want addressed revolve around the decision not to file criminal charges against Clinton, FBI’s timeline in respect to charging decisions, etc.
“Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight.
“Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered. These include, but are not limited to:
FBI’s decision to publicly announce the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into campaign associates of then-candidate Donald Trump;
FBI’s decision to notify Congress by formal letter of the status of the investigation both in October and November of 2016;
FBI’s decision to appropriate full decision making in respect to charging or not charging Secretary Clinton to the FBI rather than the DOJ;
FBI’s timeline in respect to charging decisions.
‘The Committees will review these decisions and others to better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn. Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.”
The Benghazi guy is taking over, so that’s not necessarily something that Democrats will appreciate that much.”
( Daily Caller ) While discussing House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ recusal from the Russia probe on MSNBC Thursday, Zerlina Maxwell cast doubt over Trey Gowdy’s ability to conduct the investigation in a “completely transparent,” bipartisan fashion.
Gowdy, along with Mike Conaway and Thomas Rooney, were announced Thursday morning as the three committee members now heading the probe, to which guest Kristin Tate said she was “happy to hear.”
“The Benghazi guy,” Maxwell, who previously served as Hillary Clinton’s director of progressive media, incredulously responded to Tate. “The Benghazi guy is taking over, so that’s not necessarily something that Democrats will appreciate that much.”
Hillary Clinton email scandal has taken a new turn. Tech company Bleachbit , the publicly-available application that was used to delete some of Clinton’s emails ahead of an FBI investigation, said it had not yet been served a subpoena over its involvement in the destruction of potentially classified records from 30,000 scrubbed emails.
The company’s website brags: “BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton.”
Last year when Hillary was asked about wiping her email server she joked, “Like with a cloth or something?” Maybe BleachBit was that cloth, says by Sen. Trey Gowdy.
“Perhaps Clinton’s team used an open source application [like BleachBit] because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors,” BleachBit noted in a post on its site.
“As of the time of writing BleachBit has not been served a warrant or subpoena in relation to the investigation,” the company wrote. “BleachBit is free of charge to use in any environment whether it is personal, commercial, educational or governmental, and the cleaning process is not reversible.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News that Clinton’s emails were so fully deleted that “even God can’t read them.”
Rep. Gowdy told Fox News:
She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridemaids emails. When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.
During Edward Snowden NSA leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, “Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software.” He also admitted he used BleachBit:
When the Bleachbit story broke the morning of August 25, traffic to its web site and download servers spiked. As the trending story went viral on Twitter, a second, larger wave of traffic came to the site which were passed to new servers that are now fully handling the loads.