House Democrats are stopping at nothing to smear President Trump and try to bring as much negative light as they can to him as they can. They continued their smear campaign by calling for the House Oversight Committee to investigate sexual assault allegations against the President. Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was having none of it.
He immediately forwarded the request to the Justice Department copying Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Gowdy was steadfast in his refusal to allow the committee to overstep its bounds. Gowdy was also clear that investigation should fall to the Justice Department because it is within their responsibility to investigation crimes of any nature, and specifically ones as serious as these.
“This Committee, nor any other Committee of Congress, does not, and cannot, prosecute crimes. This is true for many reasons but especially true in crimes of this serious nature. Those alleging sexual assault or criminal sexual conduct deserve to be interviewed by law enforcement professionals, and charging decisions should be made by prosecutors based on the quantum and quality of the admissible and provable evidence.”
Gowdy made it clear to Representative Lois Frankel (D-Fl.), the representative who gathered the signatures to propose the investigation to the committee, that he took the allegation seriously and they were significant, calling sexual abuse cases “among the most significant, difficult, and emotional” that he had to deal with as a prosecutor.
Despite Gowdy’s reasonable refusal to investigate the claims, he still seemed to make some Democratic Representatives upset. This included the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Cummings and Gowdy have often gone back and forth over some of the requests to the committee, including the proposed investigation into Michael Flynn which Gowdy also turned over to law enforcement, not wanting to get in the way of Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Cummings believes that the committee does have the jurisdiction to investigate the allegations against President Trump.
“Congress is in the midst of a critical and long-overdue examination of allegations against its own Members—both before and after they were elected to Congress. The Oversight Committee is charged with examining similar allegations against Executive Branch employees and the President.”
Gowdy said that even non-criminal matters would fall short of his committee, as any matters that potentially invoke the ability of a representative or other elected official to perform his duty should be directed to the Judiciary Committee.
With all of the smears against President Trump coming out of the House including proposals like these and supposed movements for impeachment, it is nice to see one member of Congress standing up for what is right.