The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Representative Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently picked to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks. They must be getting close..
Gowdy has been highly critical of the administration’s handling of various scandals like Benghazi and Fast and Furious. In March, he slammed President Obama and demanded that laws passed by Congress be faithfully executed.
Gowdy is respected among grassroots conservatives who appreciate his “take no prisoners” style when dealing with liberals. In June 2012, for example, he minced no words when he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “mind-numbingly stupid” and suggested she visit a doctor.
The investigation comes after POLITICO reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails on warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks. It’s not the first time Gowdy has faced threats or been in the cross hairs:
In 2012, a woman approached Gowdy with a gun while he was sitting in his car in Spartanburg, S.C. 52-year-old Gloria Brackett pointed a gun at Gowdy because she felt he was following her.
Gowdy told the woman he was parked outside the First Baptist Church in Spartanburg waiting for a family member to come out from a church service. Gowdy drove off and Brackett chased him as he drove off. Officers were notified of the incident shortly afterward and arrested Brackett.
In October 2009, Jermaine Nelson, an inmate from the McCormick Correctional Institution, sent messages threatening Gowdy, who was serving as the district attorney for the South Carolina’s Seventh Circuit. Nelson pled guilty to sending the messages in July 2010.