Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

SOUTH CAROLINA's 4th DISTRICT

Trey Gowdy says Trump’s immigration order could use some clarity

2017/02/16

President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries could have been better written, according to U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

On Tuesday, Gowdy appeared on Fox News and shared his thoughts on the executive order, which bans people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days.

Trump previously said the temporary travel ban is intended to allow American officials to implement more through screening procedures for immigrants – even though no one from the seven countries listed in the order has carried out a fatal terror attack on U.S. soil since before Sept. 11, 2001.

Many believe the order unfairly targets Muslims. However, Gowdy said the new administration could ease some of those concerns by further clarifying the categories of people barred from entering the U.S. from the seven countries listed.

“With different categories, like non-immigrant visa holders vs. U.S. citizens vs. non-U.S. citizens, there’s a different legal analysis,” Gowdy said.

Gowdy explained that a U.S. citizen is entitled to “the full panoply of constitutional rights and due process,” while a Yemeni citizen, for example, isn’t entitled to due process or Constitutional protections.

“If you have a visa and you have relied upon that visa to either rent an apartment or put your kids in school, then, you do have certain property interests that you would want protected. Therefore, you are entitled to due process,” Gowdy said. “So I think his executive order is pretty easily remedied.”

Gowdy added that it’s up to the administration’s legal advisers to provide Trump with evidentiary basis that can withstand a court’s scrutiny, more specifically the Supreme Court.

Last week, three judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s request to lift a Seattle-based judge’s restraining order, which blocked authorities from carrying out the temporary travel ban.

“You don’t want federal judges overlooking battle plans or decisions to strike certain targets or decisions related to war or national security. It is not a blank check that the chief executive and commander in chief has. But you certainly don’t have to clear everything with an Article Three unelected federal judge,” Gowdy said.

Read more here: http://greenvillejournal.com/2017/02/15/trey-gowdy-says-trumps-immigration-order-use-clarity/

 

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Trey Gowdy says Trump’s immigration order could use some clarity

2017/02/16

President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries could have been better written, according to U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

On Tuesday, Gowdy appeared on Fox News and shared his thoughts on the executive order, which bans people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days.

Trump previously said the temporary travel ban is intended to allow American officials to implement more through screening procedures for immigrants – even though no one from the seven countries listed in the order has carried out a fatal terror attack on U.S. soil since before Sept. 11, 2001.

Many believe the order unfairly targets Muslims. However, Gowdy said the new administration could ease some of those concerns by further clarifying the categories of people barred from entering the U.S. from the seven countries listed.

“With different categories, like non-immigrant visa holders vs. U.S. citizens vs. non-U.S. citizens, there’s a different legal analysis,” Gowdy said.

Gowdy explained that a U.S. citizen is entitled to “the full panoply of constitutional rights and due process,” while a Yemeni citizen, for example, isn’t entitled to due process or Constitutional protections.

“If you have a visa and you have relied upon that visa to either rent an apartment or put your kids in school, then, you do have certain property interests that you would want protected. Therefore, you are entitled to due process,” Gowdy said. “So I think his executive order is pretty easily remedied.”

Gowdy added that it’s up to the administration’s legal advisers to provide Trump with evidentiary basis that can withstand a court’s scrutiny, more specifically the Supreme Court.

Last week, three judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s request to lift a Seattle-based judge’s restraining order, which blocked authorities from carrying out the temporary travel ban.

“You don’t want federal judges overlooking battle plans or decisions to strike certain targets or decisions related to war or national security. It is not a blank check that the chief executive and commander in chief has. But you certainly don’t have to clear everything with an Article Three unelected federal judge,” Gowdy said.

Read more here: http://greenvillejournal.com/2017/02/15/trey-gowdy-says-trumps-immigration-order-use-clarity/

 

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Rep. Gowdy Congratulates OMB Director Mulvaney

2017/02/16

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after Mick Mulvaney was confirmed in the Senate as our new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“Congratulations to my friend from South Carolina and the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney. Mick is incredibly bright and capable. He has served the people of South Carolina impeccably, and I know he will represent our nation with the same commitment. Since day one, Mick has dedicated himself to understanding our budget and the regulatory process, and I have no doubt he will seek to implement long-term reforms to restore our nation's fiscal health. 

Mick was not only a talented colleague, but he is also an incredible friend on a personal level. Tim Scott, Jeff Duncan, Mick Mulvaney and I came into Congress together in 2011 and forged friendships that are rare in politics. Last night Senator Tim Scott and I had dinner with Mick for the last time as a colleague. We will all miss working with him on a daily basis, but we look forward to seeing him serve our nation in his new capacity. We will miss Mick, his wife Pam and their triplets as they embark on a new chapter of public service."

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ICYMI: Gowdy on The First 100 Days with Martha MacCallum

2017/02/15

Last night Rep. Trey Gowdy joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to discuss President Trump's executive order on immigration, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and Lt. General Michael Flynn's resignation. Watch the full interview below.

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Rep. Gowdy Statement on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

2017/02/10

Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to block President Trump's executive order on immigration.

"No one familiar with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be surprised at today's ruling. The 9th Circuit has a well-earned reputation for being presumptively reversible. Unlike the district court order, there is at least a court opinion which can be evaluated.

Of particular interest is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' suggestion that even those unlawfully present in the country have certain due process rights with respect to immigration. The Court cites Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678, 695 (2001) for the proposition that even aliens who have committed and been convicted of certain crimes while in the U.S. unlawfully may have due process rights with respect to travel to or from the United States. In addition, the Court ventures curiously into its own role in reviewing a President's national security conclusions. 

Legal permanent residents, non-citizens with current valid visas, non-citizens with expired visas (which were once valid), aliens with no legal standing, aliens who have committed a crime but have not yet been deported and aliens who are not even present in the United States but seek to come are just a few of the categories the Supreme Court will need to determine what process is due, if any. It seems clear to most of us - not on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - there is no right to come to this country for non-citizens of the United States. It also seems clear judges are neither in a position, practically or jurisprudentially, to second guess national security determinations made by the Commander in Chief. There is a reason we elect the Commander in Chief and do not elect federal judges.  

For those, like Alexander Hamilton, who once or now wondered if the Judicial Branch would be too weak. Wonder no more." 

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Rep. Gowdy Statement on SCOTUS Nomination

2017/02/01

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States.

"While Justice Scalia is irreplaceable, it is essential to the jurisprudential equilibrium of the Court that he be replaced by a textualist and a minimalist who understands the vital but branch specific role of the judiciary. Judge Neil Gorsuch is an ideal choice. His respect for the Constitution, commitment to the rule of law, and devotion to the branch integrity that has made this country the greatest experiment in self governance the world has ever known, will serve our nation well. I look forward to the Senate giving Judge Gorsuch a fair, timely hearing and to his ultimate confirmation."

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Rep. Gowdy on President Trump's Extreme Vetting

2017/01/30

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) issued a statement following President Trump’s executive orders on extreme vetting:

“Our nation has a long and rich history of welcoming those fleeing persecution. We also have a long and rich history of liberating those suffering under oppression. We are the most welcoming and generous country in the world, and we are a country of immigrants. 

The world we find ourselves in is dangerous and becoming increasingly so. Since national security and public safety are the preeminent functions of government, there is a fundamental duty to ensure the necessary background investigations can be done to stop anyone intent on doing harm from exploiting Americans’ generosity and taking more innocent lives.

American people deserve border and interior security. They deserve to know who is coming to our country, for what purpose, and for how long. They deserve to be assured those seeking entry into the country - regardless of the length of stay - have been vetted thoroughly and do not represent a security risk.  

I am committed to doing everything we can to keep Americans safe just as I am committed to defending religious liberty and providing refuge to those fleeing persecution.”            

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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

2017/01/25

Over 60% of Americans agree – the government should not fund abortion. But under current law, the Hyde Amendment, which protects taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through government programs such as Medicaid, only covers funds appropriated through the annual Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, over 1000 Obamacare plans covered abortion in 2014.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide. Specifically, this legislation ensures the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, conforms to the Hyde Amendment and all plans clearly inform consumers of what is covered under their health plans. Taxpayers should not, implicitly or explicitly, be required to fund abortion. 

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is failing. Premium prices have skyrocketed, insurance companies have essentially deserted the market and BlueCross BlueShield is now the sole provider of Obamacare in South Carolina. Millions of Americans are being forced off of their health insurance plans, contrary to the oft repeated assurance that "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan".

Earlier this month, Congress took the first step in repealing and replacing Obamacare. By passing a budget resolution, authorizing committees in both the House and Senate will begin the process of replacing the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously repealing it.

As the son of a doctor, I understand firsthand healthcare decisions are best left to individuals and their doctors rather than Washington bureaucrats. Congress is in the process of proposing market-driven, patient-centered solutions to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare. To learn more about Congress’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, visit abetterway.speaker.gov.

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Rep. Gowdy Named Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman

2017/01/17

Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after being named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations:

“Congress has a responsibility to promote justice, order, and respect for the rule of law. I look forward to continuing to serve alongside my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee and taking on the role of Chairman for the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.”

Background – 

    •    Prior to being elected to Congress, Trey Gowdy served as a state and federal prosecutor in South Carolina for 16 years.
    •    From 1994-2000, Trey Gowdy served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina. During his tenure, he prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness.
    •    In April 1994, he was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.
    •    From 2000-2010, Trey Gowdy served as 7th Circuit Solicitor, which is the District Attorney for the state of South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit. He led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees, where he increased the hiring of both female and minority prosecutors.
    •    As 7th Circuit Solicitor, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and dedicated Criminal Domestic Violence court, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction as opposed to being incarcerated.
    •    He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement, and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Note: Rep. Gowdy will continue to serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Committee on Ethics. Additionally, Rep. Gowdy was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last week.

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Gowdy Statement on House Passing Obamacare Repeal Resolution

2017/01/13

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after voting for S. Con. Res. 3, the FY 2017 Budget Resolution which provides reconciliation instructions to facilitate action on the repeal of Obamacare.

“Obamacare is failing. Premium prices have skyrocketed, insurance companies have fled the market and BlueCross BlueShield is now the sole provider of Obamacare in South Carolina. Millions of Americans are quickly being forced off of their health insurance plans, contrary to President Obama promising if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.

Today’s vote is only the first step in repealing and replacing Obamacare. By passing this resolution, authorizing committees in both the House and Senate will begin the process of replacing the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously repealing it.

As the son of a doctor, I understand firsthand healthcare decisions are best left to individuals and their doctors rather than Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Congress is in the process of proposing market-driven, patient-centered solutions to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

Background –

  • In August, Aetna announced its departure from the federal marketplace in South Carolina and 10 other states after reportedly losing $430 million from Obamacare customers in less than three years.
  • In early October, the South Carolina Department of Insurance announced BlueCross BlueShield would remain the sole provider of Obamacare in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina then became the fifth state with just one company offering health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange.
  • Premium prices in South Carolina rose 28 percent between 2016 and 2017.
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Gowdy reacts to Flynn resignation with Bill Hemmer

2017-02-15 19:54:13


Gowdy Reacts to 9th Circuit Decision, Flynn Resignation

2017-02-15 19:48:44


Gowdy questions during USDA oversight hearing

2016-12-01 18:51:10


Gowdy questions during Oversight Committee hearing on the DEA

2016-12-01 18:45:20


Gowdy reacts to Comey's letter to congress on The Kelly File

2016-11-07 15:59:16


Rep. Gowdy speaks with Alisyn Camerota - New Day

2016-11-01 19:58:42


Rep. Gowdy with Bill Hemmer re: FBI investigation

2016-11-01 17:00:40


Rep. Gowdy speaks with Megyn Kelly re: Comey letter to Congress

2016-11-01 16:56:43


Rep. Gowdy on Special Report Sunday with Bret Baier

2016-10-31 21:24:50


Rep. Gowdy: timing direct, natural consequence of HRC's decision

2016-10-31 21:20:03


Gowdy questions Director Comey during Judiciary hearing

2016-09-28 15:32:13


Gowdy Questions During New Orleans Sanctuary City Hearing

2016-09-27 17:35:48


Chairman Gowdy Opening Statement: New Orleans Sanctuary Cities Hearing

2016-09-27 15:15:02


Gowdy: Witness Can't Pick and Choose Which Legal Process to Follow

2016-09-22 15:53:10


Gowdy Questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen During Judiciary Hearing

2016-09-21 16:27:49


Gowdy Questions During FOIA Compliance Hearing

2016-09-08 19:31:57


Rep. Gowdy Questions AG Lynch on Clinton Emails

2016-07-12 18:21:13


Rep. Gowdy Questions Director Comey - Part Two

2016-07-07 18:51:24


Rep. Gowdy Questions FBI Director Comey

2016-07-07 16:41:22


Gowdy: Selective Use of Executive Privilege is Unacceptable

2016-05-17 16:06:25


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Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School. The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury”and “Bailiff.”


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Mark Sanford

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Joe Wilson

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