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Former Congressman Gowdy joins Trump legal team to fight impeachment move

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Trey Gowdy Joins Donald Trump’s Legal Team As Impeachment Ramps Up
Former South Carolina congressman tapped to represent the president DC Trey Gowdy Joins Donald Trump’s Legal Team As Impeachment Ramps Up Former South Carolina congressman tapped to represent the president
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2019, 22:45

"Trey Gowdy has been terminated and is no longer a contributor", a Fox News spokesperson wrote in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

It's not clear what led Gowdy to take a meeting with Trump in Washington on Tuesday, as reports have indicated, to discuss joining the president's private legal team.

Since leaving the U.S. Congress, Gowdy - once a vocal proponent of Congressional oversight of the executive branch - has reportedly switched sides and will be defending President Donald Trump, who is being investigated by Congress for allegations of wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, Trey Gowdy left Congress and returned home to SC, making one thing perfectly clear: after eight years in office, he was done with politics. A source said his role on Trump's legal team would be a conflict of interest to future contributions to Fox News. The former congressman also hit out against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) - who is spearheading the impeachment efforts - saying Schiff's bias and dishonesty since taking the lead could doom his party's investigation.

Gowdy was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the head of the House Benghazi Committee in charge of investigating the terrorists attack in Libya that left four Americans dead including ambassador Christopher Stevens. At the time, he told Bloomberg, "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system".

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Gowdy, a Republican, has been a frequent target of Trump's ire over his comments about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and his handling of a congressional investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

In 2015, when Trump was a presidential candidate, he referred to Gowdy as a "loser" for not producing any overtly damning information during the Benghazi committee's 11-hour grilling of Clinton, who at that point was also a White House contender.

Trump is suiting up for a legal fight with the House as the impeachment inquiry heats up. "Trey's command of the law is well known and his service on Capitol Hill will be a great asset as a member of our team".

This led CNN producers to air footage from a 2012 Congressional hearing in which Gowdy blasted the Obama administration for what seems to be the very thing that the Trump administration is now doing.

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