Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, one of the most unethical people in Congress, just resigned from the House Ethics Committee. He’s the pointy headed guy who told lie after lie after shameful lie in an attempt to falsely spin the Benghazi tragedy into a Hillary Clinton scandal. Gowdy is citing a “challenging workload” as the reason, which sounds plausible considering his key roles on two other House committees – but considering the timing, there’s a whole lot more to it.
Gowdy is the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and he’s also serving on the House Intelligence Committee in the wake of the Devin Nunes meltdown. These are certainly more enviable positions than House Ethics Committee. But he took over House Oversight in mid 2017 when Jason Chaffetz resigned from Congress, and he’s been on House Intel since the middle of last year as well. So why wait until now to finally quit House Ethics? Let’s take a look at the last major move that committee made.
Five weeks ago, the House Ethics Committee formally cleared Devin Nunes of any wrongdoing, after a multi-month investigation. This stemmed from Nunes’ decision to toss around classified information in an attempt at protecting Donald Trump in the Russia scandal. It’s since been revealed that Michael Flynn told the Trump transition team about his illegal plot with Russia, and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has every email sent and received by the Trump transition team. Two Congressmen who sat on the Trump transition team: Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy.
In other words, Trey Gowdy remained on the House Ethics Committee long enough to make sure Devin Nunes was cleared. Considering that Nunes and Gowdy are both implicated in the Trump-Russia scandal, this strongly suggests that Gowdy has been trying to protect himself by trying to protect Nunes. Now that committee has cleared Nunes, there is no longer any strategic reason for Gowdy to remain on it. However, that won’t protect either of them from Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation. If they’re guilty, they’re going down in the end.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report