Influential Republican Announces He's Retiring, Liberals Rejoice

January 31, 2018Jan 31, 2018

Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and the former chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, announced on Wednesday that he won't seek re-election.

He wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that "There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system."

"I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system," wrote Gowdy in his statement. "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress."

He added, "I enjoy our justice system more than political system."

Gowdy played an important in the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He lead the congressional investigations into Hillary Clinton's culpability or wrongdoing in the 2012 attacks in Libya. That attack left four Americans dead.

While the committee didn't find any new evidence to prove Clinton's culpability, they did discover that she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Gowdy has also played a leading role in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Gowdy helped lead the questioning of witnesses for the committee, and he has "played a significant role in assembling a contentious secret memo that purportedly shows the F.B.I. and Justice Department abused their authorities to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser," said The New York Times.

After he announced his resignation, liberals took to Twitter to rejoice.

While Liberals are celebrating his exit, some Republicans are celebrating his legacy. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted in response to his announcement. 

"I always said the reason @TGowdySC was amazing at his job was bc he disliked politics so much. Trey, thank you for your impatience, sacrifice, and fight to make our country a more just place. SC and our country thank you for your service. I thank you for your friendship," wrote Haley.

Others have pointed out the significance of his retirement. He is the tenth House committee chair to resign or retire in the past year. 

"With Trey Gowdy’s retirement, we’re now up to *ten* House committee chairs who have either resigned or are retiring: Administration, Appropriations, Budget, Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Oversight (2x), Science and T&I," tweeted politico reporter Connor O'Brien.

"At first, these retirements were chairmen who were term-limited. But now with Frelinghuysen and Gowdy, we’re starting to see chairmen who aren’t *remotely* close to their term limit decide to leave. That’s not nothing."

More details will be added as the story develops.

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