Trey Gowdy Stands By Robert Mueller, Trumpkin Heads Explode (TWEETS/VIDEO)

Before Devin Nunes started manufacturing evidence that Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Russia hacked the election for Donald Trump was a hatchet job, the most infamous taxpayer-funded witch hunt in recent memory was the one led by fellow Republican congressman Trey Gowdy.

For over four years, Gowdy pressed on with an investigation into the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, and continued doing so even after Republican-led House and Senate committees found that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration. The congressman from upstate South Carolina continued doing so even after he admitted that there was no evidence that anyone ordered troops who could have relieved the embassy to stand down.

So it was rather telling when Gowdy, who is not running for reelection this fall, didn’t join the chorus of Republican lawmakers who were ready to call for Mueller’s scalp after the release of the Nunes memo.

Oh, how the deplorables howled. Here’s a sample of the reaction from Twitter.

If the Trumpkins were mad then, they were probably even more upset when Gowdy appeared on Sunday’s edition of “Face the Nation.” He was one of a number of House Republicans who countered Trump’s assertion that the Nunes memo exonerates him.

In case you missed it, Trump saw the memo as a chance to beat his chest and yell to the heavens that he was innocent.

Au contraire, said Gowdy. Watch here.

Gowdy told guest host Margaret Brennan that he didn’t think the memo “has any impact on the Russia investigation,” in part because there is enough to support an investigation without a dossier. Why?

“(T)he dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos’ meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn’t have anything to do with obstruction of justice. So there is going to be a Russia probe even without a dossier.”

On paper, Gowdy should know what he’s talking about. Unlike Nunes, he actually saw the intelligence used in the memo. Additionally, as a former federal prosecutor and former district attorney (or solicitor, as district attorneys are called in South Carolina), he should have some idea how an investigation is supposed to be conducted.

Perhaps Gowdy is having an attack of integrity now that he is leaving the House. But it’s only fair to wonder where this integrity was two years ago, when he admitted that he was leading a taxpayer-funded witch hunt.

(featured image courtesy Gowdy’s Twitter)

Darrell is a 30-something graduate of the University of North Carolina who considers himself a journalist of the old school. An attempt to turn him into a member of the religious right in college only succeeded in turning him into the religious right's worst nightmare--a charismatic Christian who is an unapologetic liberal. His desire to stand up for those who have been scared into silence only increased when he survived an abusive three-year marriage. You may know him on Daily Kos as Christian Dem in NC. Follow him on Twitter @DarrellLucus or connect with him on Facebook. Click here to buy Darrell a Mello Yello.