Trey Gowdy 38th Republican to quit Congress

There are political retirements and then there is Trey Gowdy’s retirement. The former prosecutor, former co-foe of Hillary Clinton in the Benghazi investigation, said he will not seek reelection. Gowdy told Politico that he found the current political climate tiring, “There is more civility in a death penalty case than there is in some congressional hearings.”

That’s a funny end note to the many recent memories where he lead the biggest conspiracy theory-driven case against Clinton and discovered nothing damning in the process. There was an unsecured server. There were missing emails. There was a public vow of not pursuing Clinton as a partisan witch hunt, but a crusade for the truth behind how an American ambassador in Libya died. But there were zero criminal or wrong-doing referrals to the Justice Department for further investigation. The FBI looked into it and twice announced that it found nothing rising to the level of criminal prosecutions.

But that 2-year House panel Gowdy led eventually created enough doubt into the Clinton campaign, just as Majority leader Kevin McCarthy to admit the obvious fact on TV:

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.

Perhaps Gowdy was an honest cop on his search for the truth and his zeal for the mission blinded him to the larger Washington D.C.’s truth: Unless you’re in the leadership, you will always be an unrewarded pawn.

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