House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks to reporters as he takes a break.
Trey Gowdy has reportedly been hired as outside counsel by the White House to assist in fighting a Congressional impeachment inquiry now threatening President Donald Trump's time in the White House. On Tuesday, Gowdy met with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, another former lawmaker from SC, at the White House.
The news comes as the White House escalated its battle with congressional Democrats on Tuesday evening, with the White House saying that the administration "cannot participate" in what it called a "partisan and unconstitutional" impeachment inquiry.
A former federal prosecutor, Gowdy retired from Congress in January and returned to working in law in his home state.
"The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you're the party in power or not in power is wrong".
Gowdy chose to not run for re-election in 2018.
A House Democratic aide said Gowdy would be under pressure from Democrats to square his prior aggressive assertion of congressional prerogatives with Trump's stonewalling.
"I am pleased to announce that former Congressman Trey Gowdy is joining our team as Counsel to the President", Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow told NBC News. "His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well".
"President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process", White House counsel Pat Cipollone stated in a letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
"Trey Gowdy has been terminated and is no longer a contributor", a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.
While Gowdy's Republican colleagues praised his aggressiveness in seeking information, he also came in for occasional ribbing for cycling through hairstyles.