What Drove Trey Gowdy Out of the House?

Trey Gowdy is the person I so dearly wanted President Donald Trump to replace Jeff Sessions as the US Attorney General, but unfortunately, that never happened. I don’t know if Trump ever approached or asked Gowdy about accepting the nomination of Attorney General, but new revelations may indicate that if Trump had asked, why Gowdy turned him down.

Gowdy served in the US House of Representatives from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2019. He represented the 4th congressional district in South Carolina, a district in northern part of state that encompasses parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

While serving in the House, Gowdy served on the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Republican Study Committee. He chaired the House Benghazi Committee for  years and spent his last 2 years as Chair of the House Oversight Committee.

During his 8-years (4 terms) in the House, I admired Gowdy for his honesty and tenacity to ferret out the truth in all matters, regardless of where that truth led. I often described him as a bulldog that once he latched onto something, he wouldn’t let go until he had his answers. That is why I thought he would have made a great US Attorney General.

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That bulldog tenacity is what led Gowdy to be the one that discovered the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server that she used for official State Department business.

Gowdy also led the investigation that discovered that the Steele dossier was used by the FBI to obtain the FISA warrant used to spy on Carter Page at the Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Before serving in the House, Gowdy served as a federal prosecutor in the District of South Carolina and the as district attorney for South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit. In those positions, he was a fearless prosecutor, where he earned the reputation of being a bulldog of a prosecutor.

Gowdy was at the height of his political career when he shocked everyone in South Carolina, Washington DC and the rest of nation, saying he would not seek re-election. The Washington rumor mill began working overtime, trying to explain why one of the most respected members of the House, with a great possibility of moving up in political circles, would suddenly walk away.

Instead, Gowdy opted to leave politics altogether and return to the private law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, located in South Carolina.

Many members of the political rumor mill blamed Donald Trump for Gowdy’s departure. Some even compared his departure to that of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake who did blame President Donald Trump for his retirement from the Senate.

So, what was the reason that America lost one of the best members of Congress while he was the height of his career?

In a recent interview, Gowdy left because of the partisan politics that he believed was tearing Congress and the nation apart. He stated:

The justice system is different from the political system. There’s rules, there’s process and a desired outcome. In politics the desire is simply to win. I did not want to be a part of that.”

Gowdy went on to give the examples of the Russia investigation, including the Mueller investigation, on which he commented:

“You’ll never hear me refer to [the] Russia [investigation] as a hoax or a witch hunt. I’ve always said Mueller should be given the time, independence and resources to complete the job he was assigned. [He claimed that ] it is in our country’s best interest for Mueller to complete the investigation as soon as possible.”

If you want to know why Trey Gowdy left politics? It was because of how the political parties are bickering and unwilling to work together for the benefit of the country and the American people. Republicans are saddened at Gowdy’s departure while Democrats are glad the bulldog is gone.

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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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