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Did Trey Gowdy Join President Trump's Legal Team?

12 October 2019

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.

Fox News has terminated former Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, who since January had been a paid contributor for the network, a spokesperson for the media outlet confirmed to Newsweek on Wednesday. "I have to check that with Rudy because that would be a joke, because we all don't think much of him", she said of Gowdy, adding, "Are you kidding?" Gowdy held his position at Fox News up until the news broke that he had joined Trump's outside legal team.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 but did not seek reelection in 2018. 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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As a congressman, Gowdy was a fierce advocate of Congress's oversight powers of the Executive Branch, and chaired the House Select Committee on Benghazi from 2014 to 2016.

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.

"A lot of them have already made up their minds", he said in a September 27th Fox appearance during which he defended the July Trump-Ukraine phone call that eventually led to the impeachment inquiry.

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The Ukraine case is a controversial impeachment process against President Trump, which claims he would have called on the Ukrainian president for an alleged "favor" to investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is his political rival in the 2020 elections.

In addition to casting doubt on the credibility of the Democratic impeachment inquiry, Gowdy has in recent TV appearances also been deeply critical of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff of California.

Still, Sullivan said the Trump team made the right call in hiring Gowdy, who has strong ties to congressional Republicans and key members of the administration and is skilled at making a case on television. "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", Sekulow said in a statement.

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Did Trey Gowdy Join President Trump's Legal Team?