The Senate impeachment trial is expected to start in the next few weeks.
President Trump is still building out his defense and expects Republicans to support him across the board.
And Trey Gowdy turned impeachment upside down with one decision.
The status of Trey Gowdy joining the President’s legal team finally reached a conclusion.
For months it was speculated that Gowdy would join the team.
But laws governing ex-members of Congress’s lobbying activities prevented Gowdy from joining the President’s legal defense team until January.
In an interview with McLatchy, Gowdy finally settled the question once and for all by stating he would not be joining the President’s legal team.
The State reports:
Amid confusion late last year regarding his status on President Donald Trump’s legal team, former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday he has no plans to formally assist the White House in its effort to defend the president in the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial.
“The president has good lawyers and more importantly good facts,” Gowdy said in an email to McClatchy. “He does not need another lawyer added to his team. He needs the trial to begin and end.”
The statement ends months of speculation and intrigue in Washington about whether Gowdy could be persuaded to return to the fray after leaving Congress in January 2019, vowing he was done with politics for good, to resume private law practice in South Carolina.
Gowdy was spotted golfing and dining with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla., this past weekend — a sign the four-term congressman may yet act as an informal adviser to the administration as it braces for the next phase of congressional efforts to remove the president from office.
Gowdy was expected to defend the President on TV as the public face of the President’s legal defense.
Trump supporters are disappointed as Gowdy was a ruthlessly effective television presence in exposing the Russian collusion hoax.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.