TREY GOWDY

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TREY GOWDY 

Chair of the House Oversight Committee   In office   June 13, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Chair of the House Benghazi Committee    In office  May 8, 2014 – July 8, 2016

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th district
In office  January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2019

Born:    Harold Watson Gowdy III   August 22, 1964 (age 54)
Political Party
 :   Born Again Nutcase Republican
Spouse:  Terri Dillard (m. 1989)
Children:  2
Education:  Baylor University (BA)  University of South Carolina(JD)


Harold Watson "TreyGowdy III (born August 22) is an American attorney, television news personality, politician and former federal prosecutor who served as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2019. His district included much of the Upstate region of South Carolina, including Greenville and Spartanburg. 

Before his congressional career, Gowdy served as a federal prosecutor in the District of South Carolina from 1994 to 2000 and then as the solicitor (district attorney) for South Carolina's Seventh Judicial Circuit, comprising Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, from 2000 to 2010. From 2014 to 2016, Gowdy chaired the United States House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi which was partly responsible for discovering the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

His investigative committee spent over two and a half years and $7.8 million investigating the events surrounding the 2012 Benghazi attack, ultimately finding no evidence of specific wrong-doing by then-Secretary of State Clinton.

According to Politico, during his tenure in Congress, Gowdy was "considered one of the GOP's most versatile and skilled legal experts, owing to his background as a federal prosecutor." While chairing the House Oversight Committee, Gowdy tackled high-profile investigations. Democrats criticized Gowdy for conducting his investigations in a partisan fashion.

After T-RUMP became President, Gowdy defended the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to the dismay of Trump supporters.  However, in a June 2018 hearing, Gowdy urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to wrap up the special counsel investigation.  Rosenstein rejected the suggestion, saying the special counsel investigation should finish “ Appropriately".   Democrats criticized Gowdy for not fully pursuing investigations into potential conflicts of interest in the Trump White House or investigating the White House security clearance process.

In August 2011 during the 2011 United States debt ceiling crisis, Gowdy opposed Speaker John Boehner's debt limit bill, and he voted against the final debt ceiling agreement. He also opposed the 2011 defense authorization bill, citing concerns about the prospect of Americans being detained without trial on national security grounds.  In December 2010, he told Congressional Quarterly that he would support a measure only if its sponsor could demonstrate that the Constitution gave the government the power to act in a particular realm.

Gowdy worked on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Gowdy frequently speaks on the floor of the House on issues ranging from Operation Fast and Furious to his support for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2012, he received the Defender of Economic Freedom award from the fiscally conservative 501(c)4 organization Club for Growth. The award is given to members of Congress who have the year's highest ranking, according to the Club for Growth's metrics. Gowdy scored 97 out of 100, and was one of 34 congressmen given the award.

An ardent social conservative, Gowdy considers himself "pro-life plus." He not only believes "in the sanctity of life," but argues that "the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade."

Trey Gowdy signed the Contract from America, which aims to defund, repeal, and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, limit United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations, enact a reform of the federal tax code, pass a balanced budget amendment, and end earmarks.

In May 2018, Gowdy challenged President Trump’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the FBI had spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  As a result of this, Gowdy was attacked by various Trump allies, and Politico reported that Gowdy was "virtually alone, getting little support from his House colleagues." In June 2018, Speaker Paul Ryan came out in support of Gowdy, saying that Gowdy's assessment was "accurate".

At a July 2018 congressional hearing, Gowdy suggested impropriety on behalf of FBI agent Peter Strzok and said that Strzok showed bias against Trump and for Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and that this shaped his work for the FBI. During the hearing, Gowdy repeatedly pressed Strzok about a text message in which Strzok said "we'll stop Trump". Strzok explained that a “ e'll stop Trump" text message was written late at night and off-the-cuff shortly after Trump denigrated the immigrant family of a fallen American war hero, and that the message reflected Strzok's belief that Americans would not vote for a candidate who engaged in such "horrible, disgusting behavior".

 Strzok said the message “ as in no way—unequivocally—any suggestion that me, the FBI, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate."  Strzok added that he knew of information during the 2016 presidential campaign that could have damaged T-RUMP but that he never contemplated leaking it.  Strzok's said that the investigation into him and the Republicans' related rhetoric was misguided and played into "our enemies' campaign to tear America apart."

Gowdy pressed for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.  From 2017, he chaired the House Oversight Committee.  On January 31, 2018, Gowdy announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he intends to pursue a legal career instead of politics. He has since joined the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and has joined Fox News as a contributor....JUST LIKE THE OTHER BENGHAZI SCUMBAGS HAVE SINCE NO ONE IN THE REAL FREE PRESS WILL HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM.

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