Chief Benghazi witch hunter, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, suddenly lost his edge once a Republican administration was in the hot seat, declining to meet with an “authentic, credible and reliable” witness with first-hand knowledge that now-convicted former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said on Inauguration Day that Russia sanctions would be “ripped up” immediately under the new administration.
Iconic Democratic congressman, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, immediately blasted Gowdy and the Republican majority for their cowardice in the face of what could be vital testimony in their investigation of what looks like an exchange of Russian help in the 2016 presidential election and a promise from Trump’s inner circle to help lift Obama-era sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukrainian Crimea.
In a statement today, Cummings, who also sits on the Oversight Comittee, addressed Chairman Gowdy with these powerful words:
It is astonishing to me that you, as the sitting Chairman of the Oversight Committee, are declining to meet with a whistleblower who has agreed to come forward—despite fear of retaliation—to speak directly with you about evidence relating to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his plan to lift sanctions in order to work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East [to benefit himself and his business partners].
Cummings went even further, drawing a direct line between Gowdy and Trump, whose corruption the chairman is treating with kid gloves, as opposed to the Benghazi charges he made up to justify 21 hearings against Hillary Clinton:
Your letter seems to resort to desperate and baseless jurisdictional excuses to avoid conducting oversight in an apparent attempt to protect President Trump and his administration. I ask that you please reconsider your position.
By calling Gowdy to the carpet, Cummings is highlighting how the Republican Party is helping obstructing justice when it comes to the House investigation on Trump and Russia.
Special Prosecutor Mueller, however, should have no compunctions about speaking to the whistleblower, who said that within minutes of Trump’s inauguration, Flynn was making deals to benefit Russia as a thank-you for their help in the election and to enrich himself and his business partners who would cooperate in getting nuclear reactors built in the Middle East.
When that whistle blows, it will echo throughout the land.