Can’t quit Washington? Gowdy returns as Trump defender

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2019

"I am pleased to announce that former Congressman Trey Gowdy is joining our team as Counsel to the President", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement Wednesday night. "His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well", Sekulow said.

Despite presiding over the controversial U.S. House committee to investigate what role then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might have played in allowing the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy always took pains to prevent the proceedings from being any more of a political circus than it already was.

Gowdy also once held a different view about cooperating with requests for information from Congress, saying during a 2012 congressional hearing under the Obama administration that it was "wrong" to "withhold information and documents from Congress"-exactly what the White House has said its new strategy is to stonewall Democrats' impeachment inquiry".

After winning the election in 2016, however, Trump went on to make repeated attempts to court Gowdy for a seat at the table.

Gowdy is a career prosecutor who served four terms in Congress.

Now a lawyer in Greenville, South Carolina, Gowdy has been a regular contributor on Fox News since leaving Congress.

House Benghazi Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), participates in a news conference with fellow Committee Republicans after the release of the Committees Benghazi report on Capitol Hill June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Gowdy said this was an intentional choice to create a wall between the White House and Congress, which was supposed to be investigating potential misconduct within the administration.

In response to a question from us about Gowdy becoming his chief attorney, Trump replied before boarding the Marine One helicopter that the former congressman has "a problem. he can't start for another couple of months because of lobbying rules and regulations". "Respect for the rule of law must mean something irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles!"

Trey Gowdy is a lawyer and was seen on October 8 at the White House before a letter was issued stating that the president and administration would not participate in the impeachment investigation, according to Bloomberg.

The call, which sparked the impeachment proceedings, came at a time the United States was withholding almost $400 million in security aid to Ukraine, which is locked in a war with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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