The possibility of a wide-ranging investigation contains enormous political risks for the worst White House in American history.
It seems that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is bringing the House Oversight Committee back to life to press the terrible Trump White House to explain why a wife beater was hired for a key staff position. And why that wife-beater was able to keep his position without the proper security clearance.
Given the shocking scandal, the move would seem to be a no-brainer. But ever since Traitor Trump was inaugurated, Republicans on that all-important House committee, which is led by Gowdy, have given the White House virtual free reign, refusing to even hold hearings and or hold the executive branch accountable for serious missteps.
But the unfolding controversy seems to reached a point where Republicans can’t ignore the startling facts in play.
“How the hell did this happen?” Gowdy wondered while appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, referring to the idea that someone who beat his two ex-wives could get a job in the White House, and then continue in that job after the FBI told White House bosses about the wife-beating
“How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? Again, I am biased toward the victim,” Gowdy stated.
Whether Gowdy is starting a full-on investigation with public hearings remains to be known. Indeed, on CNN he appeared to back off the idea that he was starting an “official” probe.
Also, Rep. Elijah Cumming, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, emphasized on Wednesday that “the credibility of this investigation will be judged by how thorough it is in obtaining documents and interviewing witnesses, and how bipartisan it is in its conclusions.”
A massive investigation could create enormous political risks for the worst White House ever, in part because it would let Democrats on the committee to question the witnesses and would raise all kinds of other concerns about how the White House runs.
Nonetheless, in a letter that was sent to Trump’s beleaguered chief of staff John Kelly Wednesday, Gowdy said, “The Committee is investigating the policies and processes by which interim security clearances are investigated and adjudicated within the Executive Branch, and the extent to which any security clearances issued to Porter comported with those policies and processes.”
The letter was inspired by the Tuesday testimony of FBI Director Christopher Wray, who confirmed that the bureau briefed the White House several times on its investigation into Porter in 2017. That revelation contradicted the White House’s lies that were made when it first learned of Porter, the former staff secretary, savagely beating women.
With House Republicans now demanding answers from the White House, the political pressure mounts on Porter’s former superior, John Kelly: What did Kelly know, and when did he know it?