Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum


“May Justice be Done though the Heavens fall.”

Congressman Trey Gowdy’s statement on the reopening of an FBI investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails didn’t feature a call to arms. But it might as well have.

The South Carolina Republican established an adversarial position with the former secretary of state through his Benghazi Committee, which was investigating the events that resulted in the deaths of an American ambassador to Libya and three others on Sept. 11, 2012, in Libya’s second largest city. His committee’s final report on Benghazi stopped short of finding fault with Clinton, though it was highly critical.

Their relationship had reached a point where Gowdy had been featured in more than 200 emails of the recently released cache through WikiLeaks called “The Podesta Emails,” involving the Clintons’ inner circle. Friday, Gowdy issued a statement that stopped just short of jubilation regarding the FBI’s announcement that a new set of Clinton’s emails had been found and would be investigated.

“In the end,” he wrote in the original Latin, “Fiat Justitia ruat caelum.” He then offered the translation: “May Justice be Done though the Heavens fall.”

May Justice be Done though the Heavens fall. Congressman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

Gowdy was reacting to a letter sent to Congress on Friday by FBI director James Comey that says his agency will be investigating newly discovered emails to determine whether they contain “classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”