Gowdy announced previous year that he would not run again as a candidate for the South Carolina House. Instead he returned to law joining firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
A high-profile Trump supporter thought it was a joke when she learned former SC congressman Trey Gowdy was joining the Trump legal team.
In this context, it's a stunning development.
Gowdy was chairman of the House Oversight Committee and led one of the congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton and the 2012 Islamic terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which left US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead.
"Do you want the information or do you want the drama?"
A longtime friend said he was perplexed by Gowdy's decision. "I prefer the information".More news: Al-Qaeda bombmaker was killed by US in 2017, White House says
The White House this week declared it will not cooperate with the "illegitimate" impeachment probe and said no additional witnesses under administration purview would be permitted to testify to Congress or comply with document requests.
Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is leaving his job at Fox News to join President Donald Trump's legal team, the president's personal lawyer announced Wednesday.
In between ridiculing Gowdy throughout the years, Trump has, however, also praised him, a representation of the conditional support the president often offers for Republicans that's based on whether he agrees with them. Gowdy swore he'd had enough of Washington. His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well.
Mr Gowdy was hired as a contributor to Fox News in January.
Watch one of the best Gowdy moments below.
In 2015, when Trump was a presidential candidate, he referred to Gowdy as a "loser" for not producing any overtly damning information during the Benghazi committee's 11-hour grilling of Clinton, who at that point was also a White House contender.More news: Samsung Could Be Launching Galaxy S11 Lite
Fox News cut ties with Gowdy today ahead of Sekulow's announcement.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Gowdy friend and Trump supporter, called Gowdy "a welcome addition" to Trump's legal team.
Gowdy ultimately turned down all of these opportunities.
The network's confirmation of Gowdy's departure follows multiple reports that the former prosecutor and conservative firebrand has agreed to assist in defending the president against what the commander in chief has repeatedly referred to as a "witch hunt".
As a member of Congress, Gowdy insisted he had never had so much as a phone conversation with Trump, not even when Trump was ostensibly considering him for jobs.
As House Oversight chairman, Gowdy was lambasted by Trump and his allies for disagreeing with the president's "spygate" theory, a notion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Obama administration tried to upend his chances of being elected president and were politically motivated when the agency placed an informant within the Trump campaign to investigate Russian efforts to subvert a USA election. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.More news: Season 23 of 'South Park' fights against Chinese censors
The call, which sparked the impeachment proceedings, came at a time the United States was withholding almost $400 million in security aid to Ukraine, which is locked in a war with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. "I just didn't know what it would be".