Former Rep. Trey Gowdy joins Trump legal team

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A former prosecutor who led the House investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy is poised to join President Donald Trump's legal team. "His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well", Sekulow said.

South Carolina's Trey Gowdy rose to national prominence chairing a Congressional committee that led an infamously long and fruitless investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attack on us government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

After a discussion about the constitutionality of Congress launching an impeachment inquiry without a vote (hint: the constitution doesn't call for that), the issue came to Gowdy's new role working with White House efforts in fighting the impeachment inquiry.

Gowdy declined to seek re-election in 2018 after four terms in the House.

Over the course of two years, Gowdy led the House Select Committee on Benghazi, described by the Times as "one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history".

Gowdy also might have been unwittingly auditioning for the job through his commentary on Fox News, the channel Trump favors.

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 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.

There were discussions about naming Gowdy as USA attorney general; at another moment, Gowdy was on the short list for consideration to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In July 2015, Trump even shared a tweet that suggested Gowdy should be his attorney general, assuming he were to win the election.

Gowdy ultimately turned down all of these opportunities.

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.

Kurt Bardella, a former GOP spokesman for the oversight panel who is now an outspoken Trump critic, said Gowdy's return "speaks to the complete hypocrisy at play here".

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