When Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the guy who never met an investigation into a Democrat he didn’t like, is slamming this White House for something, then you know it must be pretty bad.
Well, on Thursday, Gowdy’s staff released a statement saying the White House’s response to his request for information concerning how the administration handled Rob Porter was “inadequate.”
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
Gowdy’s staff fired back at White House officials for ignoring the chairman’s questions on why Porter was allowed to continue to work and to keep his access to highly classified information long after they knew of the allegations of spousal abuse, and why they falsely claimed they didn’t know until shortly before he was fired in February and what procedures for allowing temporary security clearances had been in the White House at the time.
“The Committee is in receipt of Mr. Short’s letter to the Committee dated March 8, 2018, including the memo made public on February 16, 2018. The Chairman finds the White House’s response inadequate, and we have communicated to the White House that we expect full compliance,” Oversight Committee spokeswoman Amanda Gonzalez emailed to TPM Friday evening. “We are in the process of scheduling a meeting between Chairman Gowdy and the White House to discuss next steps.”
Though as TPM also pointed out, while Gowdy’s remarks were a stern rebuke of the games this White House is clearly playing, he still hasn’t acted on calls from Democrats to issue subpoenas to the White House for the information they’re refusing to provide. That’s something I’m almost certain he’d have already done if a Democrat were in the White House and this same type of scandal was discovered.
Unfortunately, I don’t think any of this truly matters much to most Republicans. With a “president” and an administration swarmed with more scandals and controversies than we can even keep up with, the fact that this White House allowed someone who had been accused of domestic violence to remain employed, while seemingly trying to cover up this behavior, is something that might not even rank in the “Top 10” worst things going on — even though it damn well should.
I’d like to give Gowdy more credit for taking a firm stance in calling out the White House’s response to his requests for information concerning Porter, who knew about these allegations, when they knew about them, and what took place after all of this was discovered, but I can’t. The fact that he’s not issuing subpoenas for this information, as Democrats have called for, and he almost certainly would be doing so if a Democrat were in the White House, tells me that he’s still not pursuing this nearly as aggressively as he would due to the fact that a Republican is “president.”
As we all know, and many folks have said countless times since Donald Trump launched his campaign nearly three years ago, had a Democrat been linked to even a fraction of the scandals and controversies as this “president,” Republicans would have launched several investigations by now and be going absolutely ballistic on a daily basis.