The White House is in talks with former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy to join President Trump’s legal team as he mounts a defense against an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats.
“We are in discussion with Trey about joining our team,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said, noting that no final decisions have been made.
It was reported on Tuesday that Gowdy was in talks to join Trump’s impeachment defense team, but nothing is official yet.
Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor who retired from Congress in January, brings an extensive knowledge of both the legal system and the inner workings of House proceedings.
During his time in Congress, he served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and led the House Select Committee on Benghazi, where he questioned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama officials.
Multiple journalists wrote on Twitter that Trey Gowdy said “yes” to President Trump.
This comes after the White House sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, escalating the fight with House Democrats over their impeachment inquiry.
In a letter to Pelosi, WH counsel Pat Cipollone stated that the administration would not cooperate with any of their requests related to the impeachment inquiry.
The White House said the inquiry is an “invalid” effort to “overturn the results of the 2016 election,” and asserted the lack of a formal vote to launch an impeachment inquiry broke with past precedent and violated the executive branch’s rights.
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