GOP Rep. Gowdy, former chair of Benghazi panel, to retire

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Carolyn Kaster/ AP In this Dec. 7, 2017, file photo, Home Judiciary Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during a House Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018|9:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON– South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy states he will not run for re-election and will “rather be returning to the judicial system.”

Gowdy is chairman of the Oversight and Federal Government Reform Committee and previously chaired an extremely partisan panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Gowdy is a previous federal prosecutor. In a declaration, he stated “whatever skills I might have are better made use of in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system.”

The Benghazi panel revealed the presence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server and controversies including it showed to be damaging to her unsuccessful 2016 governmental project.

Gowdy was chosen in the 2010 tea party wave that returned control of the House to Republicans.

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