Former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy joins Trump's impeachment defense team

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Fox News announced that it has cut ties with former congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), further bolstering reports that the attorney has joined President Donald Trump's legal team as outside counsel to fight the Democrats' impeachment probe. His task, and that of Trump's other lawyers, is to defend the president and prevent GOP defections in the impeachment push, now centered on a call to Ukraine in which Trump pushed for an investigation of rival Joe Biden and his family.

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Since leaving Congress in 2018, Gowdy has joined the firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough. "His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well", Sekulow said. Who told you Trey Gowdy?

Gowdy also once held a different view about cooperating with requests for information from Congress, saying during a 2012 congressional hearing under the Obama administration that it was "wrong" to "withhold information and documents from Congress"-exactly what the White House has said its new strategy is to stonewall Democrats' impeachment inquiry".

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".

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After winning the election in 2016, however, Trump went on to make repeated attempts to court Gowdy for a seat at the table. "Respect for the rule of law must mean something irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles".

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to House Democratic leaders Monday that their inquiry has proceeded in a "manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process" and "lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation" or "pretense of fairness". "Trey's command of the law is well known and his service on Capitol Hill will be a great asset as a member of our team".

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.

Gowdy's time as a prosecutor and member of Congress "will serve this nation as we seek the facts", Scott said in a statement.

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