In response to a vote to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, former congressman Trey Gowdy called the House Democrats irrelevant and feckless on Wednesday.
On The Story with Martha MacCallum, Gowdy said that, “Barr is ostensibly being held in contempt for not turning over documents he has no legal obligation to turn over. In fact, it would be against the law to do so”.
The House voted to hold Ross and Barr in criminal contempt on Wednesday saying they were obstructing congressional probes into the efforts of Trump administrator to add citizenship question in the 2020 census. Gowdy in his statement said that the contempt of Congress means nothing after Tuesday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself violated House rules.
Gowdy said that, “Nobody cares what Congress does. What we saw yesterday — they can’t even enforce their own House rules against their own members. So, there used to be a stigma attached to being held in contempt of Congress. There ain’t no more”.
Gowdy, the former congressman from South Carolina GOP argued that Ross has to explain the mishandling on the administration’s part of the Census question. However, he also said that it would be hard to get a fair hearing.
Gowdy further said that it would be good if he explains this in front of a jury that hasn’t already been compromised. He said further, “But when 60 Democrats vote to impeach you before [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller has issued a single consonant or vowel in his report, that ain’t a fair jury.” He also said that the House of Representatives have lost their powers under the influence of Democratic leadership.
He said that the Congress has worked itself into irrelevance and obscurity. Gowdy says that, “When you can go on the floor of the House as the presidents say ‘I’m going to do it with or without you,’ and Congress stands up and cheers, you have rendered that branch of government feckless and irrelevant”. He concluded by saying that the House doesn’t matter anymore.