Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has signed on to help the president with his impeachment defense, The Washington Examiner reported.
Gowdy was approached by the White House this week as potential legal counsel for Trump as he prepares to fight against an impeachment investigation stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a report from CNN. Though Gowdy is an accomplished attorney, the nature of his involvement in Trump’s fight against impeachment is not immediately clear.
“Confirmed, per a senior White House official, who says Trump has blessed the move,” Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted on Tuesday night. “Trey Gowdy is on the Trump team.”
Confirmed, per a senior White House official, who says Trump has blessed the move. Trey Gowdy is on the Trump team. https://t.co/yjhaK8LsOF
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 8, 2019
“Trey Gowdy has accepted an offer to serve as outside counsel to President Trump. He met with Mick Mulvaney at the White House today, CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz reported.
Trey Gowdy has accepted an offer to serve as outside counsel to President Trump. He met with Mick Mulvaney at the White House today.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) October 8, 2019
The news of Gowdy joining the team came on the same day that House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi was incensed that the White House blocked U.S. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying.
“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.
“Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable,” she said in the statement responding to The White House letter.
It was reported on Tuesday that former Rep. Gowdy was asked to be on the team but had declined, but that celebration has ended.
President Trump is NOT kidding around with this addition… https://t.co/eekDU1ErX4
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) October 9, 2019