Trey Gowdy a congressman no more… mixed and emotional reaction pours in over his next move

UNITED STATES - MAY 4: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., walks down the House steps at the Capitol after a series of votes on repeal and replace of Obamacare on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s official: Former House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy is a congressman no more. As of Thursday, Jan. 3,  he’s now a member of the private South Carolina-based law firm Nelson Mullins.

“Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Congressman Trey Gowdy, who most recently represented South Carolina’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced the Congressman has joined the Firm effective today, on Jan. 3,” the firm announced in a statement.

“Gowdy joins the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations team and focuses on internal and government investigations and corporate compliance. He will work primarily from the Greenville and Washington, D.C. offices.”

“I am very excited to join Nelson Mullins, a firm with a rich, deep, and diverse team of talented attorneys and a reputation for excellence in all facets of the law,” the former congressman said, adding that this isn’t his first rodeo with the 122-year-old law firm.

“Prior to becoming a prosecutor in 1994, I had the privilege of working at Nelson Mullins and have long respected the Firm’s commitment to professionalism and excellence,” he said.

Gowdy also gave a shout-out to Cindy Crick, his long-time chief of staff, and Sheria Clarke, his former staff director on the House Oversight Committee. Both have also joined the firm.

“I’m also looking forward to continuing to work with Cindy and Sheria, whose legal acumen and character I deeply respect,” he said.

Thursday’s unexpected announcement came almost a full year after Gowdy announced last January that he wouldn’t be running for reelection in the 2018 midterm elections:

“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,” the burned-out congressman conceded at the time. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”

His shocking announcement provoked a lot of frustration from conservatives who felt as if he was abandoning them in their hour of need. They wanted him to stay, and they still do:

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Gowdy had been one of the Republican Party’s most stalwart warriors in Congress. Time and time again he used his power as the House Oversight Committee chair to try and root out corruption, as well as to try and hold those accused of nefarious actions accountable for their actions.

During heating congressional hearings last summer, for instance, he tore into disgraced former FBI special agent Peter Strzok for his “textbook bias” against President Donald Trump.

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The problem is that despite the former congressman’s best efforts, none of the virulently left-wing troublemakers he targeted over the course of his career, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, were ever actually brought to justice.

While this was of course a result of the Justice Department’s refusal to prosecute wrongdoers, some conservatives continue to falsely attribute these failures in justice to Gowdy.

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Some also resent him for having sometimes defended Democrats and the FBI.

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Some would argue that Gowdy was just trying to be fair and impartial, which in reality is exactly what every law enforcement officer or agent is supposed to do in the first place.

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Vivek Saxena

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