Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s claims that Republicans were only going after Attorney General Eric Holder in the “Fast and Furious” investigation in order to further an imaginary GOP agenda of voter suppression, calling the assertion “mind-numbingly stupid.”
“You know my friend Allen West said the race card was the last card in the deck. I think former Speaker Pelosi has opened up a new deck and has found the 2 of clubs. I could not believe it when I heard her saying that. Is that all you have to come back with?” Gowdy told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night.
“Is that the best you can come up with, is that we got together in this grand scheme to suppress votes and I’m sure she didn’t say southern states but that’s what she meant,” he added.
At this point, Gowdy was letting it fly and saying exactly what he, and likely many others, think about Pelosi’s bizarre claim.
He went on: “It’s really beneath the office of a member of Congress to say something that outrageous and the fact that she was once the Speaker is mind numbing. I honestly, and I have heard a lot in my 16 years as a prosecutor, I couldn’t believe the words coming out of her mouth. But keep in mind, Greta, this is the same woman who said she could have arrested Karl Rove any day she wanted. So I don’t know what was wrong with her yesterday or today or whenever she said that, but I would schedule an appointment with my doctor if she thinks that we are doing this to suppress votes this fall. That is mind-numbingly stupid.”
After ranting a little bit and releasing some of his frustration, Gowdy argued Fast and Furious is not a “political exercise” and that he would be saying and doing the exact same things if the attorney general happened to be a Republican: “Turn over the dad-gum documents.”
Rep. Gowdy made a splash earlier this week when he unloaded on Holder’s unwillingness to cooperate in the Fast and Furious investigation and President Obama’s decision to assert executive privilege over documents related to the probe during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday. He raised his voice several times and gave such an impassioned speech he even inspired his own YouTube video titled “Rep. Gowdy is a Fast and Furious Rockstar”:
“He is either part of it or he’s not. If he’s part of it, then we’ve had a series of witnesses that have misled this committee. If he’s not part of it, then he’s got no business asserting executive privilege,” Gowdy said about Obama.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics)