Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fox News Terminates Trey Gowdy

Fox News Terminates Trey Gowdy

In a sign that he'd be joining Team Trump, Fox News issued a statement earlier Wednesday saying he'd "been terminated and is no longer a contributor".

House Benghazi Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), participates in a news conference with fellow Committee Republicans after the release of the Committees Benghazi report on Capitol Hill June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The Hollywood Reporter noted, "Television networks covet former politicians to provide on-air analysis as contributors, but generally cut ties with them if they re-enter the political fray". Gowdy held his position at Fox News up until the news broke that he had joined Trump's outside legal team.

Gowdy, who formerly chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee, decided not seek to reelection past year and joined the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP after leaving office.

Since leaving Congress in 2018, Gowdy has joined the firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough.

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"I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got-and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump", Gowdy told Fox News in May 2018.

As chair of the House committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy vaulted into the national spotlight for his intense and critical questions about whether then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have prevented the attack or dealt with it more effectively.

In addition to his gig on Fox, Gowdy works for the law and lobbying firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough of SC.

Trey Gowdy is a lawyer and was seen on October 8 at the White House before a letter was issued stating that the president and administration would not participate in the impeachment investigation, according to Bloomberg. The Republican House majority flipped in the 2018 midterm election, and in October 2019 the Democratic majority began spearheading an impeachment inquiry into whistleblower accusations that President Trump attempted to coerce Ukraine into digging up damaging information on a political rival by threatening to withhold crucial US military aid to that country. "His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well", Sekulow said.

An administration official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity confirmed Gowdy's hiring Tuesday.

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