In 2018 GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is offered a federal judgeship. A former federal prosecutor, who is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has been threatening to leave elected office for years. He has told associates that he wants to be a federal judge, ideally at the appellate level. On Wednesday, he said only that he planned to return to the world of criminal justice. Gowdy rose to prominence in 2013 for his fierce interrogation of IRS officials accused of targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny — scoring headlines when he argued that Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the controversy, had “waived her right” when she boldly proclaimed her innocence before the House Oversight panel but then asserted her Fifth Amendment right.
President Donald Trump also filled a vacancy of the US District Court for the District of South Carolina in November 2017. As a lawyer with extensive trial experience, Trey Gowdy would have been a strong candidate for that appointment. Gowdy was pummeled from the left for his investigation: Democrats blasted him for overseeing a partisan WITCH HUNT against then presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and conservatives including his once good friend Rep Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — snarled that he’d let Clinton off the hook.
Trey Gowdy – age53, made his name on Capitol Hill as one of Congress’s most strategic and polarizing investigators. As the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, he led one of the longest and most bruisingly partisan congressional investigations in history. The committee ultimately found no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. But the committee’s work had another lasting effect, It discovered that Hillary Clinton had used a private email server during her time as secretary of state. The revelation would lead to an FBI investigation and would dog Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Gowdy has found himself butting heads in recent months with Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and other pro-Trump Republicans who have hinted at corruption at the FBI. He’s expressed concerns about anti-Trump texts by some FBI officials, and he has said on TV that Congress has a duty to oversee the agency. But behind the scenes he’s had to rein in some of his republican colleagues who want to undercut the entirety of the Justice Department, which he views as essential to American life.