President Donald Trump’s attempt to bring hire Trey Gowdy, the former Congressman, on board his legal team to fight Democrat impeachment seems dead on arrival. The efforts were hurt by congressional lobbying regulations and alleged intra-staff bickering.
“Trey Gowdy is a great guy,” Trump said Thursday at the White House. “He can’t start for another couple of months because of lobbying rules and regulations.”
Trump was referring to House ethics rules banning members of Congress from communicating or appearing before lawmakers or congressional staffers “with the intent to influence” for a year after leaving office.
Gowdy retired from Congress in January 2019 so he could not influence his former colleagues until January 2020.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Gowdy was not on board for the Trump legal team. Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney wanted Gowdy to to join the team because he was a former prosecutor who understands how Congress worked. The White House was not in agreement.
Trump had lunch with Gowdy last week. He was skeptical about bringing him on the team. The president supposedly does not want a Bill Clinton style war room of aides to fight his impeachment inquiry.
Gowdy told the White House that he would not be able to join until January 4th. The president allegedly wanted someone to go on TV and defend him now. The deadlines for most of the subpoena requests from the Democrat led house are coming this week.