Sunday, 24 June, 2018

SC Rep. Trey Gowdy says he will not run for re-election

Top GOP House Chairman Who Led Charge to Prosecute Hillary Clinton Will Retire Another GOP Chairman To Retire: Trey Gowdy Announces He's Done
Ellis Copeland | 01 February, 2018, 02:11

"Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress", Gowdy said in a statement.

The high-ranking Republican released an official statement through his office, announcing his impending retirement; adding the GOP lawmaker "enjoys our justice system more than our political system".

The announcement comes less than a month after Gowdy resigned from the House Ethics Committee to mitigate what he cited as a "challenging workload".

The investigation revealed Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.

Gowdy, chairman of House Oversight Committee, says he will not seek re-election.

This is a breaking news story.

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In a tweet Wednesday, Gowdy said, "There is a time to come and a time to go".

Gowdy is the ninth chair of a House committee to leave office during this Congress, continuing an unprecedented trend.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was considered a candidate for the post when Chaffetz retired, but his Freedom Caucus activities have not been looked upon favorably by the House Steering Committee, which selects committee leaders.

But while Frelinghuysen represents an area in northern Jersey that Trump won in 2016 by 1 percentage point and is expected to be competitive, Gowdy's seat is safely Republican.

This week, Gowdy was among the committee members pushing for the release of a memo, drafted by Republicans, that alleges abuses of the government surveillance powers in the Russian Federation investigation. He gained national attention and conservative acclaim as the chairman of the House select committee investigating the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response to the attacks.

Democrats made it clear Wednesday that they remain bitter about Gowdy's role in the highly partisan Benghazi investigation, which cost more than $7.8 million over two and a half years. Bob Brady of Pennsylvania said he would also be stepping down, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

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