Trey Gowdy in talks to join Trump’s legal team to fight impeachment

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Former Congressman Trey Gowdy will reportedly be joining President Trump’s fight against impeachment by House Democrats.

The former South Carolina Republican was reportedly in talks with a member of Trump’s legal team Tuesday amid conflicting reports on whether there had been any formal or final decisions made.

“We are in discussion with Trey about joining our team,” Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said, while other reports emerged that the former prosecutor who retired from Congress in January had agreed to serve as outside counsel to the president.

Since leaving office, Gowdy has been an outspoken critic of House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, former FBI Director James Comey, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, regularly blasting Democrats as a Fox News contributor.

He joined the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP after leaving office but there has been no word on his status at Fox News, which reported that an anonymous administration official confirmed his hiring by the Trump team to the Associated Press.

Gowdy’s experience and knowledge of House proceedings would be an asset to the Trump team as they ready for what is likely to be a drawn-out battle with Democrats bent on impeaching the president.

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The 55-year-old former federal prosecutor served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee as well as leading the House Select Committee on Benghazi. During that investigation of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, Gowdy grilled Obama administration officials including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

If Gowdy does, in fact, come on board, it would be at a time that the White House is doubling down on its stand against Democrats, sending a letter Tuesday to three committee leaders and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stating that it would not be complying with requests related to the impeachment inquiry.

The letter came in the wake of multiple subpoenas from House Democrats that have been issued since Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry last month. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland who was named in the whistleblower report, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as the Defense Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget have all been subpoenaed.

News of Gowdy’s potential new position was met with the usual outrage by the left on social media while many others on Twitter celebrated the “smart move” by Trump.


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