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.
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.