White House saw Trey Gowdy as its impeachment savior. He was better than nothing

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For a hot minute, former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy was the brand new face of Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, just when things were starting to head south for Rudy Giuliani, the guy who had been serving that purpose. But just as quickly as Gowdy’s name surfaced, so did reports that he couldn’t start until next year due to lobbying laws. Now Gowdy reportedly won’t be starting at all. It’s yet another example of Team Trump’s incompetence, this time on a personnel matter that didn’t even require Senate approval.

Central to the debacle was acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who according to The New York Times was desperate for a personal win internally and was pushing for Gowdy, who was reportedly equally as bullish on the idea. But the dynamic duo was meeting with resistance from White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who didn’t like the idea of adding another lawyer with impeachment being the sole focus.

In the meantime, other staff members reached out to the attorney who ran the White House response during the Mueller inquiry. Guess what? He wasn’t available. Heh.

But Trump and Jared Kushner went ahead and met with Gowdy and it went pretty well, so Trump signed off on the hire Tuesday night. Almost as quickly, reports leaked that Gowdy was on board—only no one had checked all the boxes concerning the lobbying laws that would prevent Gowdy from starting until next January. In fact, Mulvaney and Gowdy had both played down that little hiccup. Oops.

Excited about finally coalescing around someone who could spearhead a strategy, Trump’s personal lawyers sent out a statement Wednesday night. “Trey’s command of the law is well known, and his service on Capitol Hill will be a great asset as a member of our team,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in the statement. A mere 30 minutes later, Gowdy informed Team Trump that his law firm, Nelson Mullins, was concerned about the lobbying laws. It finally became clear that Gowdy couldn’t start until next year, when the impeachment battle would likely be over, based on the Democrats’ current timeline.

Gowdy was out just as quickly as he was in, leaving Trump’s impeachment response with no public face other than Trump himself. Meanwhile, Kushner is said to be “spending many hours” on impeachment as part of his broader portfolio, which also includes Middle East peace. What could go wrong?

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Hey trey, how did that Benghazi thing work out for ya?? By all means go for it! You couldn’t be any worse than ghouliani

DHG
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LOL, there is NO savior for this WH. Gowdy in the few mins he represented Trump started attacking Obamas WH over Clinton, that will gert you nowhere with Congress. These people cannot let Clinton and Obama go and it will be their downfall.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

—Gowdy ,never won a case as a Congressman .
He might have been OK against regular
people , but against politicians, —well that’s —a different ballgame . Hillary crushed him .
So -he quit —and is going back to the miners.
..But he’s lucky he quit , Trump never pays his attorneys. He tells them they should feel honored to have represented him( Trump) , free for the advertisement’s . That
and 20 bucks
gets you coffee at Starbucks

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
…Trey is a very experienced legal (proctologist’s ) , who has not had a win sense he entered politics. …After only 9 investigation’s , of Hillary in Benghazi , and came up with nothing! …The Republicans thought that was OK , -as long -as it dirtied up Hillary, and made a (fool of Treys ), who’s case load , that led to zero , …Now Trump wants to (try trey ) again , this time as a defense of Trump’s , upcoming “impending impeachment “, but Trey can’t , ..he’s not eligible because it’s against the law . …You’d ah… Read more »
True Patriot
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True Patriot

Bravo, LOL!

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Well trump doesn’t worry about those silly laws. But obviously trey does. Good for him. Good riddance of trump.

Inzane
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Inzane
Think about it, what kind of ‘team’ would surround Trump especially these days? The dregs, or those who got too fat to crawl back under their rocks. He puts Guiliani out there as his shield. And now that turkey is doing what he can to stay out of jail. I think last year Trump got a good preview with Manafort and Cohen what great days were ahead. Not smart enough to pick up on it. Now doubt Sekulow figures why not hang in until Trump does not need me anymore. Maybe he will next year when he has all those… Read more »