Republican Chair Steps Down From Ethics Committee In Latest Congressional Shakeup

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi) is resigning from his role on the House Ethics Committee, citing a “challenging workload” as the reason for his sudden departure, according to the Washington Examiner.

In a letter dated Jan. 10, Gowdy informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of his decision, but the details were not made public until Saturday.


Gowdy is leaving after he was tapped to lead the House Oversight Committee last June after the former chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), left Congress for a job he landed at Fox “News.”

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. “I was happy to finish out the calendar year and conclude some matters then pending before the Committee.”

Gowdy and the word “ethics” do not belong in the same sentence. While helping to launch eleventy thousand investigations into the attack in Benghazi in order to scandalize Hillary Clinton, Gowdy has given zero f-cks over Donald Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. Gowdy also hasn’t been too keen on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into any possible collusion with Russia and the Trump campaign.

Late last year, Gowdy faced criticism for using $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle a dispute with a former aide, who had accused him of firing him after he refused to focus his work on investigating Hillary Clinton.

Republicans spent nearly $7 million of taxpayer funds on the Benghazi investigation and yet, they would like nothing more than to stop the Russia investigation.


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