Trey Gowdy Launches Investigation Into Porter Scandal: ‘How in the Hell Did This Happen?’

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) may be sailing off into that sweet, sweet sunset, having announced his retirement from Congress last month, but it looks like he is going to be doing some bona-fide investigating before his term ends. Gowdy, he of many changing hairstyles, has announced an oversight committee probe looking into the Rob Porter scandal on Wednesday, specifically asking questions as to why he was allowed to continue working at President Donald Trump’s White House for as long as he did, given those spousal abuse allegations. The congressman confirmed that his committee launched the probe “last night” to CNN’s Alyson Camerota, in which he said, “The chronology is not favorable for the White House.” Gowdy continued, seemingly getting worked up over the notion that Chief of Staff John Kelly, among others, may have previously known about the allegations of abuse. “I have real questions about how someone like can be considered for employment, whether there’s a security clearance or not. So, yeah, I’m troubled by almost every aspect of this,” he said. “How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? You don’t have to be biased towards the victim to be asking, how in the hell did this happen?” The South Carolinian worked in the state’s judicial system for years, prior to getting involved with politics, and told Camerota he “spent two decades believing women and children who alleged abuse, even sometimes when no one else did.” As far as what he hopes to glean from the investigation, Gowdy will be looking for answers from White House Counsel Don McGahn and Kelly, as an attempt to piece together a more likely timeline. “I would want to know from Don McGahn and General Kelly and anyone else,” he said. “What did you know, from whom did you hear it, to what extent did you hear it, and what actions, if any, did you take?” Though, don’t expect miracles from former Benghazi investigator, who tempered expectations for his probe with a bizarre reference to Kiefer Sutherland’s bone-crunching federal agent in the spy drama 24.  “What matters to me is we are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don’t have. You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. Those words don’t mean anything to me,” he said. “Unless you’re Jack Bauer, you can’t make people answer questions.” So, when are we going to get a Republican who is actually up for re-election go against this administration? Watch above, via CNN. [image via screenshot] — Follow Lawrence Bonk (@sidescrollers) on Twitter

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