South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday his plans to retire, saying he won’t seek re-election at the end of his term and outlining his plans to return to work in the US legal system.
The high-ranking Republican released an official statement through his office, announcing his impending retirement; adding the GOP lawmaker “enjoys our justice system more than our political system.”
“Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding,” said the statement.
“There is no perfect time to make this announcement,” Gowdy added. “But with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.”
Rep. Gowdy is one of the highest-ranking Republicans to announce his plans to leave the US Congress.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and is a senior member of the Intelligence Committee.
h/t Daily Caller
GOWDY GOES OFF: Predicts FBI Deputy Director McCabe FIRED by Next Week
GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy escalated his war of words with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, saying he was still trying to figure out why “three FBI agents were discussing politics” on federal property; adding he’d be “surprised” if McCabe isn’t fired by next week.
“I hate it for Rod Rosenstein, that he’s the one explaining it, because he’s not Peter Strzok, he’s not Andy McCabe, and he’s not Jim Comey, so he was having to do a little bit of clean-up,” Gowdy told Fox News. “But these are really bad facts if you care about an impartial, objective Department of Justice and FBI.”
“I’m still trying to figure out why three FBI agents are discussing politics in the Deputy Director’s office. You’re not supposed to discuss politics on federal ground,” he added. “We were supposed to interview Andy McCabe yesterday on another committee. It was all set up and ready to go and then at the last minute they said he can’t come, he’s going to come next week.”
“I’ll be shocked if he comes next week, I’ll be a little surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week,” Gowdy said.
Watch Gowdy predict McCabe’s future above.
GOWDY UNCHAINED: The GOP Rep. Demands to Know 'What the Hell is Going On' at the FBI
GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy called-out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a fiery exchange Wednesday afternoon, asking the senior administration official, “What the hell is going on with the Department of Justice?”
Rosenstein was speaking with the House Judiciary Committee over allegations special counsel Robert Mueller’s office was riddled with conflicts of interest and anti-Trump bias.
What in the hell is going on with the DOJ and the FBI?
“When I go home to South Carolina this weekend […] they’re going to ask me, What in the hell is going on with the Department of Justice and the FBI?” said Gowdy.
“The reason we have special counsel is because of a conflict of interest. The regulation itself specifically makes reference to a conflict of interest,” he added. Those who are supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest seem to have a few of their own. There’s a senior prosecutor who’s sending emails to a fact witness.”
“She may be the most important fact witness in an obstruction of justice case,” said the lawmaker.
“Then we have a prosecutor assigned in this ‘conflict of interest free’ team who attended what was supposed to be a victory party for Secretary Clinton. We have a senior DOJ official with an office that used to be two-doors down from yours meeting with Fusion GPS,” he added.
Gowdy’s harsh words come as Rosenstein bucked GOP calls to remove Robert Mueller from the DOJ probe of Russian “collusion,” claiming he has “no good reason” to dump the special counsel “as of yet.”
Watch Gowdy’s comments above.