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.”
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Congressman @TGowdySC, 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. Read more here: https://t.co/MfUpuSQbhV pic.twitter.com/fB3l0EdVCD
— Nelson Mullins (@NelsonMullins) January 3, 2019
“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:
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 1, 2018
“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:
No!!! Don’t leave the Americans that need you in Washington!!!
— Jimi Smith (@JimiJimi333) January 4, 2019
Please don’t leave
— Alicia Culver (@dontbeaturkey) January 3, 2019
Come Back!? Don’t leave us with these crazy people.
— Say my name (@ratkat1973) January 3, 2019
@TGowdySC please don’t tuck tail and leave…i trusted you more than anyone to make it right..get comey, clinton…
— Julie (@dixon_julie1) December 29, 2018
It’s a sad day. @TGowdySC no longer sits in the House of Representatives. A true maverick in his 8 years in office – please stay in the public sphere!
— Kaleb McCague (@thekalebmccague) January 3, 2019
@TGowdySC Trey, it is a tragedy for America that you are retiring from Congress! You are the only one who is bull dog enough to go after the scum who are going after the POTUS. You call it like it is! You are so admired for this! Please stay!!
— Sonja Abate (@svabate) December 20, 2018
Please stay in Washington you are winning over young men and women you’ve never met daily with your honesty and heart we need your message now more than ever!!!
— Dina Lee (@DinaLee907) December 27, 2018
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.
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.
He did nothing so he might as well go. And i guess Hillary got her money in his pocket. He let her go . We was a waste of taxpayer money
— sbj (@Susanjo34441302) January 4, 2019
Just another swamp critter when you peel back the hair do’s & fancy suits in the end he did what the swamp told him to do. HRC is still running our government so thks for nothing Trey
— Rich G (@Rich_Gallagher) January 4, 2019
He did nothing for us. He had a chance to help take down some corrupted people and instead, he let it pass. I have no respect for him.
— C J (@Carolyn02401367) January 4, 2019
To all who have gave their condolences. Tell me just what did he do for the Americans that were looking to him to find the truth. Nothing!! Stalled until the time ran out.May his life forever be sad!
— Fred weaver (@Fredweaver10) January 4, 2019
don’t forget Benghazi …… @TGowdySC did nothing for those that died
— MARIA MARIA (@MariaTevesGonz) November 21, 2018
Some also resent him for having sometimes defended Democrats and the FBI.
Trey Gowdy claimed on CBS that Samantha Power denied making all of the unmasking requests, also asserting someone else used her access to make said requests. Gowdy was an effective front for the Uniparty to lead people to believe there are actually two political parties in DC.
— Attitude (@TheEvilWillFail) January 3, 2019
Gowdy was ready to take the FBI’s word about the “classified” documents, despite FBI ignoring Congressional subpoenas. Wouldn’t surprise me if he had been compromised by CIA spying. They got to SCJ Roberts.
— Culture Vulture (@kmcclus336) January 3, 2019
Most Fed, State and local Government officials like Trey Gowdy, et al., were/are clearly compromised ethically, morally, financially, personally & professionally by greed, power lust, threats to family or self, or blackmail. The question is: WHEN in their careers did it begin?
— Attitude (@TheEvilWillFail) January 3, 2019
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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