Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Trump’s Attempt to Hire Gowdy Falls Apart

Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s appointment to Trump’s legal team as the president battles congressional Democrats hellbent on impeachment has unraveled.

It appears for good.

Per Fox News:
 

Last week, it was announced that Gowdy would be joining the president’s legal team. But a source familiar with the situation told Fox News there was concern about a statute that says former lawmakers cannot communicate with or appear before their former colleagues for a year after leaving Congress.

Gowdy retired from Congress earlier this year, meaning his one-year restriction would be up in January 2020.

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As part of his role with Trump’s legal team, Gowdy was expected to appear on television news programs — and there were concerns about whether that could be considered communicating with former colleagues in violation of the statute. A source said the president’s legal team needed Gowdy on television making the case now, and not in several months.

Violations of these post-Congress restrictions, intended to prevent lawmakers from lobbying immediately after leaving Congress, are considered a “felony.”

Fox News terminated its contract with Gowdy after news broke he would be advising Trump through the impeachment inquiry.

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