JUST IN: Trey Gowdy Will Leave Congress And This Is What’s Next

Trey Gowdy is leaving Congress
Rep. Trey Gowdy(R-SC) grills former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Schulman as officials face the House Oversight Committee on May 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. | Photo credit Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy made a bombshell announcement this week that sent shockwaves through conservative circles. At the end of his term, Gowdy will not seek re-election. Noting it’s time for a change, he is returning to where it all began. He made a lengthy post on Facebook, where he indicated that he would go back to his justice roots and serve in the judicial system.

“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office- instead I will be returning to the justice system,” Gowdy wrote. “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.

During his four terms in the House, “The Bulldog” passionately pursued truth and justice. Serving on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, he held Hillary Clinton’s feet to the fire. And though he is leaving, she isn’t out of his crosshairs just yet.

More recently, as a top member of the House Intel Committee, Gowdy help to craft the  FISA memo detailing U.S. surveillance abuses. He’s also been instrumental in calling-out the egregious actions of the FBI and Department of Justice.

Just weeks ago, the congressman issued several subpoenas for top FBI officials including Andrew McCabe. McCabe announced his retirement on Monday, five months ahead of schedule. His departure comes amid allegations he helped to secure illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign.

A Fond Farewell 

Trey Gowdy is leaving Congress
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy announced he is leaving Congress at the end of his term. | Photo credit Wikipedia

In addition to expressing his gratitude for his time in Congress, Gowdy also thanked his family for their support:

“To my wife, Terri, and our two children, Watson and Abigail: thank you for all you sacrificed, missed, or did alone so I could serve as both a prosecutor and a member of the House. To my parents and my three sisters: thank you for having confidence in me and high expectations for me, even when I did not.”

While a big loss for the GOP, and the entire political world, we wish Congressman Gowdy all the best.

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