GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy Reveals Launch Of US House Probe Into Rob Porter Employment Scandal [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) revealed that Congress has launched an investigation into White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s employment despite credible allegations of domestic abuse. Gowdy, who announced his retirement from Congress earlier this month, told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota the House Oversight Committee he chairs opened an investigation Tuesday into the Porter scandal. “We did last night,” Gowdy said.

“I’m going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer. If they don’t answer them, then they’re going to need to give me a really good reason. You’ll learn that reason, and you can judge whether or not it’s a sufficient reason or not. Unless you’re Jack Bauer (from Fox’s ’24’), you can’t make people answer questions. I’ve been trying for seven years to get people to answer questions without a whole lot of success.”

  • Butch

    So instead of looking at White House incompetence he’s going to try to find a way to blame the FBI.

    • Ross

      It’s all the GOP knows.

    • Gustav2

      They will take the WH line that the “process” is the problem.

    • j.martindale

      Incompetence and corruption. It isn’t simply an accident this administration is as riddled with villains as it is.

    • Frostbite

      I’m sure it was her emails.

    • Nowhereman

      Exactly. And it will involve Hillary somehow.

    • TimJ

      Exactly. “I’m going to direct questions to the FBI…”. What about the freaking White House?

    • Librarykid

      This was answered yesterday. What is his aim this time, to blame the two ex wives or did Hillary and President Obama have an imagined role in this?

  • Gustav2
    • TJay229

      I must steal this.

  • GayOldLady

    Why would anyone trust the GOP House to do an ethical investigation? These are same people who gave us the Nunes Memo.

  • Tomcat

    Gowdy just wants to blame the FBI for it and NOT trump.

    • Nowhereman

      Boy Howdy is probably just butt hurt because he wasn’t invited to the Big Boy top secret meeting after the open hearing.

  • Jefe5084

    Too little, too late. As usual. It’s not an issue until your hypocrisy and criminal acts are exposed by a free press.

  • Gigi

    I trust Gowdy about as far as I can throw him.

    • Tulle Christensen

      You are much more trusting of him than I

      • Gigi

        I’m very weak. Sprained my shoulder.

    • Makoto

      Hmmm, I feel like he looks pretty aerodynamic. Look at that head. Even with a tiny toss he might glide quite a ways…

      • greenmanTN

        Those ears ought to give him lift.

    • bzrd

      he’s such a greeezee guy, he’d slip right out of your hands

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    We have to look busy while we raid the treasury and give away the the store.

  • another_steve

    He in leather and chains… I’d pay for that film.

    • TJay229


  • greenmanTN

    What’s with his hair? Is he trying to look like Henery Hawk from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons or is it an accident?

    • another_steve

      There you go, slut, focusing only on the prurient.

      (Unlike my comment elsewhere in this comment thread.)

    • Butch

      Takes his hair styling cues from a box of Q-tips.

    • Stogiebear

      He’s doing his part to take our country back. Back to the Sixties with that beehive. Pity he forgot to have Irma the Barber leave his bangs.

    • Nowhereman

      And I don’t think he ever wears it the same way twice. This is a man who doesn’t know who the hell he is.

  • lymis


    I thought we might be getting something sensible from Trey Gowdy. Didn’t hold out much hope, but there it was.

    But if they’re opening an investigation into Porter, but only planning on asking the FBI, then it’s just another witch hunt designed to damage the FBI.

    If they’re not planning on asking the White House some even more pointed questions, it’s yet another Howdy Gowdy shitshow.

    It’s conceivably possible that the FBI screwed something up. But in that case, the White House should have been screaming bloody murder about why their guy didn’t have his clearance after a month or two, not a year in and claiming “We just found out about all this.”

    When I was in the Navy, at one point I needed a Secret clearance. I wasn’t allowed NEAR the information until that was in place and final. And I know damn well that if it hadn’t gone through in the expected timeframe, the people who expected me to have that access would have been asking a LOT of questions, not only of the agency responsible for the clearance, but some uncomfortably pointed questions of ME about whether I knew any reason why it wasn’t being granted.

    Wray just testified that as early as last March, they communicated to the White House that there were problems with Porter’s clearance, and that (after some other interim reports), they closed it in July and told the White House that the clearance wasn’t going to happen.

    The White House has far more questions to answer than the FBI does. Even if the FBI screwed up the process, the question should have been why the guy they wanted couldn’t do the job they wanted him for, not why the guy IN the job WITH all the access to insanely classified material didn’t have his clearance yet.

    As it is, the burning questions aren’t why the clearance wasn’t granted, but who allowed Porter to handle the classified material.

    Remember, these are the people who wanted Hillary Clinton locked up for having classified material she and everyone involved WAS cleared for stored in what was deemed an improper manner.

    • Gustav2

      Imagine what Kelly would have done on active duty if he found out his #2 did not have clearance.

  • Gigi
    • Joe in PA

      Damn, I must be getting old…after I took note of those abs…I noticed that beautiful quarter-sawn oak board. But I did notice the abs! :0

      • djcoastermark

        There’s nothing like running your hands along a nice piece of finished Oak. Really, I mean it, in the real sense of wood. Okay, I’m not helping my point here in the least, so I’ll just stiffen up and keep quiet now.

        • Joe in PA


      • Gigi

        It has nothing to do with age. My man and I had to stop going to foreign films, which we did a lot when we were first together, because I spent so much time commenting on the set design and locations that he couldn’t concentrate on the subtitles.

      • BobSF_94117

        At least you’re still interested in wood…

        • Joe in PA

          So there’s that. 🙁

  • Stogiebear

    “I’ve been trying for seven years to get people to answer questions without a whole lot of success.”

    Gowdy, just because people aren’t giving you the answers you want doesn’t mean they’re not answering your questions. Yours is the kind of thought process that gives us a verdict before the guilty party has even been arrested.

  • David Walker

    Here’s hoping there’s a thorough investigation into the…what did Miss Sarah call it? The security clearance office? That one was worth the hours it took to come up with. Most of their lies and diversions are not nearly so clever. The security clearance office just couldn’t get to it.

    As for Boy Gowdy’s observation, “I’ve been trying for seven years to get people to answer questions without a whole lot of success”…I suspect there are many reasons for that. Bye-bye, honorable congress shit.

    • Joe in PA

      Exactly. Thanks for putting it better than I did.

  • Tomcat

    Trey looks like if you unscrewed his head hemorrhoid medicine would ooze out.

  • lymis

    ” I’ve been trying for seven years to get people to answer questions without a whole lot of success.”

    No, Trey, you’ve been asking the questions and not getting the answers you wanted. There’s a big difference.

  • Joe in PA

    I guess…under the heading of…hope springs eternal…when I read the headline I thought for a sec that Trey was going to look in to the “WH Office of Security” (or some such BS name)…THEY are the ones stalled (according to Sarah Huckster). The FBI said the case was CLOSED.


    • Nowhereman

      Exactly. The FBI did their job and the White House ignored it because they like wife beaters and pussy grabbers. They kept Mike Flynn on even after they were told that he was in bed with the Russians. They fired the messenger, Sally Yates, instead. It’s how they roll.

    • Librarykid

      Poor Pork Princess Sarah; she could be charged with obstructing justice on looks alone, never mind her standing in the hallway and obstructing traffic in both directions.

  • marshlc

    He’s angling hard all of a sudden to present himself as the bipartisan reasonable guy. Positioning for a presidential run in 2020?

  • Bambino
  • Joe in PA

    I don’t suppose Alisyn asked about the WH Office of “security” that is apparently not part of the WH. SMFH these people.

  • Harveyrabbit

    “I’ve been trying for seven years to get people to answer questions without a whole lot of success.”

    That’s because you keep playing the same damn song over and over.

    • Librarykid

      Isn’t there something about the definition of inanity involving doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Maybe he’s insane.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Little mud-skipper master of distraction and innuendo. Fascist to the core and treasonous as its geriatric peers. Purchased Meat-puppet for the Israeli and MIC.

  • Bluto
    • Librarykid

      Poor Zippy; he could wear a reservoir end condom as a rain hat and not have to worry about it blowing away.

      • yes b’y


  • Hank

    Benghazi Goudy what type of HYPOCRISY are you looking to foist upon us now???

  • Halou

    US House Probe Into Rob Porter Employment Scandal

    Is this another “unmasking” saga, where their primary concern isn’t that Rob Porter managed to get into the White House without any security clearance, but instead how did the truth get exposed in the first place?

  • Talisman

    Gowdy always seems ready for a probing.

  • Chuck in NYC


    Robghazi? Yeah, I like that one. ROBGHAZI!!!

  • TrollopeReader

    Trey ,,… even jack Bauer couldn’t get false confessions …you tried for 11 hours .. .you got honest answers. Too bad they didn’t fit your pre-arranged narrative.

    • olandp

      I think Jack Bauer would have gotten a lot of false confessions. It is established fact that when being tortured one will tell the torturers what they want to hear.

      As if facts mattered…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Bad Tom

    Hey, Trey, you WERE a prosecutor, right?
    Given your performance over the last seven years, I wonder how many of your prosecutions, when you were a prosecutor, were CORRUPT?

    Because all of the prosecutions you’ve pursued on Capitol Hill have been CORRUPT.

  • Boreal

    What scandal is going to break on Tres Gaudy? Very unlike him to launch and investigation into a fellow repig.

  • kareemachan

    Face it, baka, your misdirection ain’t working.

  • -M-

    I think the FBI answered all the questions yesterday about the many times over the past year that they told the White House that Porter wasn’t getting a security clearance and why. Congress needs to ask Kelly and McGahn why he was still handling classified info everyday.

  • thatotherjean

    Great. Trey Gowdy announces that he’s quitting his job, then finally decides to do it, but will be asking the wrong people the wrong questions.. Way to go, Trey!

  • JWC

    dodge and divert watch the squirrel

  • twb6yz

    And look into the access Porter and Kushner have had into classified information despite not being able to get a clearance while you’re at it

  • BobSF_94117

    Oh, so now it’s the FBI’s fault…

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    So now that they are retiring, NOW they find their balls? Where were they when this monster was rearing his head and you could have done something about it?

    Fuck you

    • Gianni

      My feelings, too. Suddenly these future non-congressmen find integrity and ethics and righteousness to do something. Thanks a million, blowhards.

  • Gianni

    This is really the Big Bang Theory in the theater of political reality. When you’re getting out, be sure to leave with a Big Bang.

  • infmom

    Give ’em the full Benghazi treatment, Trey boy.

  • olandp

    I think the Doody meant to say was, “I’ve been trying to get the answers I want for seven years without much success.”

    It is illegal to lie to a Congressional committee, especially if under oath. How many people has he brought up on perjury or contempt charges?