South Carolina firebrand Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday that he will be retiring from the House of Representatives at the end of his term.
While his departure is a big blow to the GOP, many are noting a key line in his statement suggesting he may have another job already lined up.
“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system,” Gowdy said.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said he will be returning to the justice system, leading many to speculate whether President Donald Trump may nominate him to be a federal judge.
After working as a federal prosecute for years, Gowdy was elected to Congress in 2010, where he quickly became a rising star for his relentless pursuit to hold former President Barack Obama accountable for his numerous scandals as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in the terrorist attack in Benghazi.
Gowdy has also been very vocal in speaking out about the corruption seething at the highest levels of the Justice Department and FBI, where reports seemingly confirm top officials abused their power to spy on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
He’s also led the charge in working to ensure the House Intelligence Committee FISA memo detailing government surveillance abuses under the Obama administration is made available to the public.
“Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system,” Gowdy continued in his statement.
He added: “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”
Gowdy is just one at least 30 House Republicans who have announced they will not seek re-election after their term ends in November.
But South Carolina is a very red state, so Republicans will very likely keep his seat if they can find a viable replacement to run in Gowdy’s district.
More importantly, rumors swirling about Gowdy being nominated to be a federal judge would be another big win for the Trump administration. Trump has appointed the most judges to the federal bench in his first term in office than any other president.
Many would love to see Gowdy’s firebrand personality serving on the federal courts.
Source: Fox News