Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy has been dropped as a contributor by Fox News as he makes the transition onto President Donald Trump’s legal team. Gowdy will be helping the president fight off the current impeachment inquiry from House Democrats.
“Trey Gowdy has been terminated and is no longer a contributor,” a Fox News spokesperson reported.
The news was also reported on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” where it was revealed that Gowdy “was a Fox News contributor.”
Gowdy will reportedly be outside counsel for the president and he will be directly working with Jay Sekulow, another personal lawyer for the president.
After having already released both the transcript from the call between Trump and the Ukraine president, as well as the whistleblower complaint that launched this inquiry, the White House announced this week that they will no longer be cooperating with this “illegal” investigation. An eight-page letter sent to Congress said the inquiry “violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process” and “lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation.”
The Trump administration also blocked U.S. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the administration not participating in the inquiry will be seen as “evidence” of “obstruction.”
“The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction,” she said in a public statement in response to the letter sent to Congress. “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable.”
Pelosi has faced heavy criticism over the impeachment inquiry as she has not called for a vote in the House on the matter. This makes the inquiry look like little more than a political stunt.
Gowdy has already been critical of the impeachment inquiry and the whistleblower complaint about the Ukraine phone call. His harshest criticism has been for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
“Right now he’s made himself a fact witness,” Gowdy recently told Fox News’ Martha McCallum. “He is in the evidentiary chain for what happened with this whistleblower and I hope the Republicans make him testify.”
Gowdy was referencing the recent revelation that Schiff’s office had contact with the whistleblower before the complaint officially came out.
Gowdy is certainly up for taking on Schiff. He has also questioned how long Pelosi will put up with the man.
“The same guy that had the parody a week or so ago, the same guy that says he has evidence that even [former Special Counsel Robert] Mueller couldn’t find,” Gowdy said. “The question I had is, how long is Speaker Pelosi going to put up with Adam mishandling this investigation?”
“Schiff has received a pass — the whole time I was in Congress, I don’t ever remember a negative word about him. I remember him complaining when Republicans would meet with whistleblowers. I remember him complaining when the Republicans would ever meet with witnesses and he wasn’t present,” Gowdy added about Schiff.
Trump’s legal team also includes Rudy Giuliani, who has been giving cutthroat interviews in defense of the Ukraine phone call and the administration.
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