Did Trey Gowdy Join President Trump's Legal Team?

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2019

In response to a question from us about Gowdy becoming his chief attorney, Trump replied before boarding the Marine One helicopter that the former congressman has "a problem. he can't start for another couple of months because of lobbying rules and regulations".

When we asked if Rudy Giuliani will remain his top attorney, Trump shot back: "I haven't spoken to him".

Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, confirmed in a statement tonight that Gowdy would serve as counsel to the president.

Mr Gowdy was hired as a contributor to Fox News in January. In 2012, he declared, "The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong".

Gowdy, who became chairman of the House Oversight Committee after the Benghazi panel finished its work in 2016, was largely hands-off in scrutinizing the Trump administration, including a mostly dormant investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

Sekulow, Trump's longtime lawyer, said he has known Gowdy for years and worked with him when Gowdy was in Congress.

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Trump is beefing up his defense team as his administration notified the House on Tuesday that the White House would not participate in what it called Democrats' "illegitimate" impeachment probe. "Respect for the rule of law must mean something irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles".

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.

As House Oversight chairman, Gowdy was lambasted by Trump and his allies for disagreeing with the president's "spygate" theory, a notion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Obama administration tried to upend his chances of being elected president and were politically motivated when the agency placed an informant within the Trump campaign to investigate Russian efforts to subvert a USA election.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Gowdy friend and Trump supporter, called Gowdy "a welcome addition" to Trump's legal team. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.

"I knew that when he left office he was just kind of exhausted, and I knew something else would come his way at some time and he would take it", said Woodard.

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