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The bad haircut behind the Benghazi investigation has had it with Trump and partisan politics

You may know Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) as a man with the most notorious haircut in Congress, but he also has wonderful, self-deprecating sense of humor.

It’s something U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), knows quite well. The two frequently rib each other, with most of the jokes centering around the mangled mop on top of Gowdy’s head.

It’s a bond that’s so strong and genuine the two have even penned a inspirational book together, “Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country.” It’ll hit stands April 3.

And then there’s Gowdy’s 2016 barber shop-set, campaign ad which trumpeted his conservative credentials, while also poking fun at his series of bad hair days. The tagline: “Trey Gowdy: Consistent Conservative, Inconsistent Haircuts.”

All of this is in stark contrast to the role Gowdy played during the Benghazi hearings.

Gowdy attacked the investigation with the ruthless tenacity that made him a champion prosecutor. But his critics said his task was less about uncovering the truth of what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, than it was to paint a case that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to protect U.S. citizens — and then tried to hide the facts about the attack.

Unbeknownst to the public, the Congressman had grown disillusioned with Washington. And on

Jan. 31, 2018, Trey Gowdy announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election. Instead, he hoped to return to law, where, he said, there are jobs that “both seek and reward fairness.” It was a clear jab at Congress.

Not long after, a different image of Gowdy began to emerge, one that frequently supported Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russian investigation.

Although Gowdy tsk-tsked Mueller for not cracking down on leaks, the Congressman praised the former FBI director’s apolitical, blemish-free career.

Gowdy was also one of the few Republicans to counter the House Intelligence Committee declaration that it had found no evidence that Russia had attempted to get Trump elected, saying, “It is clear, based on the evidence, Russia had disdain for Secretary Clinton and was motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy.”

Prior to that, Gowdy took issue with the common assertion that the Devin Nunes’ memo offered proof that the Russian investigation was a Democratic-led witch hunt against Trump, a witch hunt solely supported by the partially discredited Steele dossier.

According to Gowdy, there were plenty of other reasons for the investigation, like the meeting at Trump Tower, the email sent by Cambridge Analytica, and George Papadopoulos’ meeting with an Australian official. And there are few more authoritative voices on the memo than Gowdy: He co-wrote it.

Flash forward to this week. Gowdy may have defended Trump’s firing of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the Congressman condemned any move to fire Mueller.

On Sunday, Gowdy spoke very pointedly, telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace, “When you are innocent, if the allegations are collusion with the Russians and there is no evidence of that, and you are innocent of that, act like it.”

Gowdy even issued Trump a very clear warning if he tries to stop Mueller: “I would just counsel the president, it’s going to be very, very long bad 2018.”

Clearly, Trey Gowdy is no longer bound by partisan obligations. You might even say he is well on his way back to a world where fairness matters and those who seek it are rewarded.

Chris Haire is a political columnist for the Charleston City Paper who sheepishly admits that brisket is better than pulled-pork barbecue.

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