Trey Gowdy to join Trump team in battle against impeachment by House

Published: Oct 9, 2019 8:52 a.m. ET

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Gowdy steered the congressional investigation of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya

Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has been tapped to serve as outside counsel to President Donald Trump as the House impeachment inquiry expands.

That’s according to an administration official who spoke late Tuesday on condition of anonymity to discuss internal legal matters.

Gowdy is a former South Carolina congressman who did not seek re-election last year to the seat he had held for eight years. He signed in January to begin serving as a Fox News contributor.

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Trey Gowdy speaks a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election in March 2017.

Gowdy was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. He led the congressional investigation of former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

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Reports earlier in the day had indicated that Gowdy had rebuffed the White House effort to retain his services.

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