Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gowdy has tough words for U.S. Attorney General, Obama Administration.
U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy vowed Thursday to find out if President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder intentionally politicized their opposition of South Carolina's Voter I.D. law against the advice of senior Department of Justice officials. Gowdy, speaking in Spartanburg, where he'd spent the day touring with new Senator Tim Scott, was a co-author of a letter to Holder, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, that requested the Department of Justice to provide an explanation of why the Feds pursued litigation against the law. Not only was South Carolina's Voter I.D. law upheld, but a Washington D.C. District Court decision held that the Federal Governement should be responsible for reimbursing the state for at least part of the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Last week it was disclosed that South Carolina's total bill for passing Voter ID laws amounted to $3.5 million, the bulk of which are attorney's fees.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
14 named for disciplinary referral, but AG Holder absolved of any wrongdoing.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector General released its much anticipated report on "Operation Fast and Furious." The internal investigation lasted 19 months and ultimately recommended that 14 employees be disciplined. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was found in contempt by Congress for his role in Fast and Furious, was not among those recommended for disciplinary action. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-3), who has been one of the lead investigators of the Fast and Furious program for the House Oversight Committee, released a statement in response to the Inspector General's findings. It is as follows: “The Congressional investigation into Fast and Furious was always about pursuing justice for Special Agent Brian Terry and his …
Monday, August 27, 2012
South Carolina makes the case for its Voter ID law before a panel in Washington, D.C., this week.
UPDATED (8 p.m. Aug. 27, 2012): After a day spent in federal court, Attorney General Alan Wilson held a conference call with the media. Wilson was joined in Washington, D.C. by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Sen. Chip Campson (R – Charleston) and Rep. Alan Clemmons (R – Horry). Campson and Clemmons took the stand and Clemmons will continue his testimony on Tuesday. Wilson immediately defended the Voter ID law against charges that it would suppress the vote of the poor and minorities, groups that tend to vote Democratic. “The bill does not change the requirements for registering to vote. Citizens can get an ID free of charge at their nearest election office,” Wilson said. Wilson also noted that even if voters …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
18-month-long investigation House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the House committee overseeing the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, found United States Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for citing executive privilege and not handing over documents relevant to the inquiry. The Fast and Furious investigation has strong ties to South Carolina, with U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) one of its lead investigators and the whistleblower who helped shed light on the operation residing in Simpsonville. Next week, House Speaker John Boehner is expected to bring the contempt hearings to a vote before the entire House. While the investigation has dragged on, some have called a little more than political theater and precisely the kind of gridlock that has Congess' favorability polling in…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Relating to 'Fast and Furious' investigation.
From the office of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4): Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former federal and state prosecutor who prosecuted scores of firearms cases while working for the United States Attorney's Office, released the following statement in regards to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee resolution of contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder. "It did not have to come to this. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch and that oversight responsibility began well over a year ago with respect to “Fast and Furious.” Despite repeated requests for documents, multiple appearances before various committees of Congress, and more than ample time to comply, the Department of …
Monday, April 16, 2012
73 percent think voter ID before voting is not discriminatory.
A poll released today shows most Americans favor showing an ID before voting, because they believe voter fraud is a substantial problem. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64 percent of Likely U.S. Voters rate voter fraud at least a somewhat serious problem in the United States today, and just 24 percent disagree. This includes 35 percent who consider it a very serious problem and 7 percent who view it as not at all serious. Twelve percent are undecided, according to Rasmussen. The voter ID issue has been a hot-button topic in South Carolina, which has vowed to fight for a voter ID requirement after the U.S. Department of Justice struck down the state's law mandating IDs at the polls. Opponents say voter ID …