House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced Wednesday that he would be retiring from Congress and not seek reelection in the 2018 midterm.
Gowdy posted this message on Twitter:
There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system. Full statement here → pic.twitter.com/7I8AApqvs1
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) January 31, 2018
The South Carolina Congressman becomes the tenth GOP chair of a major Congressional committee which has decided to head for the exit despite now being in control of both houses of the legislature.
Many will always remember Gowdy as the head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which culminated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifying for 11 hours. The final report from the committee stated that no wrongdoing had been found on the part of Clinton, despite an investigation which stretched over the course of 17 months and cost taxpayers $7.8 million.
Though Gowdy didn’t mention what his plans are, his name is being bandied around for a possible federal judgeship. According to the Hill:
“While [Gowdy has] denied that speculation in the past, a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina, opened up just one day before Gowdy announced his retirement.”
Before he entered Congress, Gowdy also served as a county solicitor in South Carolina and was later appointed to be a U.S. attorney.
In recent months, Gowdy has at times been a vocal critic of the Russia investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He has also said Congressional Democrats don’t want to get to the truth on the 2016 election, commenting in 2016:
“I wish the Democrats would help a little bit more instead of reading the Moscow phone book during the witnesses interviews trying to see if Jared Kushner knows a guy named Igor. I wish they’d help.”
Just last week, however, when a New York Times report detailed how President Trump tried to fire Mueller in June of 2016, Gowdy said he supports the special counsel “100 percent,” and added:
“I told my Republican colleagues, ‘Leave him the hell alone,’ and that’s still my advice.”
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