For months now, everyone has been wondering if the turn of the new year would result in former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy joining Team Trump for the Senate impeachment trial.
But Gowdy abruptly ended that speculation during a recent interview, saying: “No, the president has got great lawyers, and more important than having great lawyers, he’s got great facts.”
Assembling Team Trump
The elation surrounding Gowdy’s plans to join Trump’s legal team in October did not last very long.
It had only just been announced that Gowdy was joining Trump’s team that rumblings began in the ranks. Some alleged that Gowdy’s could be a violation of the anti-lobbying restrictions for former members of Congress.
There is a moratorium of one year before anyone leaving the House can accept a lobbying position with anyone, including, of course, the president of the United States.
Even though the complaint would have been based on very flimsy grounds, Gowdy apparently decided to play it safe and not accept the position with Trump’s team.
He was then re-hired by Fox News after leaving the network amid his plans, and has since been a contributor for Fox in addition to running his own law practice.
At the time of Gowdy’s withdrawal, Trump was disappointed, saying his team needed someone to get in front of the media immediately. Even Gowdy admitted that it was unlikely the president could have waited for him — he needed someone to fill the role.
As Trump awaits the transfer of the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate — a move that seems increasingly less likely thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — he has now fully assembled a team to handle the upcoming trial.
To bring someone new in at this time could disrupt the team — especially if they’re a major personality like Trey Gowdy. But Gowdy seems to believe his presence is not needed and that Trump will be fine, mostly because he has the facts on his side.
One of the things Gowdy pointed to was the fact that Joe Biden is already on the record saying he will not testify in the Senate trial. Democrats have already started to support Biden in this act of obstruction, which is ironic, because obstruction is exactly what Democrats want to impeach Trump for.
If things start to go south, perhaps Gowdy will join the team to help — but as of right now, he seems very confident this impeachment has no chance at all once a Senate vote finally occurs.