Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is being forced to step down from his very influential role on the House Ethics Committee, shortly after a string of accusations against him have just come to light which compromises his integrity on the panel.
Trey Gowdy rose through the ranks in the Republican party and in the media partly due to his consistent attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while he was trying to dig up dirt on here regarding the Benghazi investigation.
Gowdy just recently informed House Speaker Paul Ryan (which became public on Saturday) that he was resigning from the committee and sent a letter to him informing him as to why. He claims he was planning on stepping away from the Committee from the get-go, but the timing is suspect concerning the allegations against him.
“When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence, and Ethics,” Gowdy wrote.
Just before the new year, Gowdy was accused of using $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle a dispute with a former aide, who accused him of firing him for refusing to focus on investigating Hillary Clinton.
Gowdy was also accused by the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee for refusing to meet with a whistleblower who claimed to have information on former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called the refusal “astonishing.”
Shortly, after Gowdy refused to meet with Flynn, he ended up pleading guilty anyways as part of his deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s still unsure of what Flynn told Mueller but its expected that more indictments in the Russia investigation are coming shortly.