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Trey Gowdy Quits House Ethics Panel: 'Challenging Workload'

Trey Gowdy Quits House Ethics Panel: 'Challenging Workload'

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By    |   Saturday, 13 January 2018 06:13 PM

Rep. Trey Gowdy resigned this week as chairman of the House Ethics Committee, citing a "challenging workload" to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The South Carolina Republican's resignation, dated Wednesday, was posted Saturday on Twitter by Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic strategist and adviser to Hillary Clinton:

"While few, if any, members seek out this assignment, the collegiality of the members coupled with the seriousness of the jurisdiction have made it an experience I will treasure," Gowdy said in his letter.

Gowdy, 53, was named chairman of the House Oversight Committee in June after Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz resigned to join 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 said.

"I was happy to finish out the calendar year and conclude some matters then pending before the committee."

First elected in 2010, Gowdy chaired the special House Benghazi Committee that investigated the 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs.

Gowdy also presided over a contentious hearing lasting more than 11 hours in 2015 where Clinton was questioned. Clinton was secretary of state when the assault occurred.

In December, Gowdy came under fire after news reports disclosed that he had used $150,000 from the congressional Office of Compliance in a confidential settlement with a former aide.

The aide, Bradley Podliska, had accused Gowdy of firing him for refusing to focus on investigating Clinton when the Republican headed the Benghazi panel.

The Compliance Office's budget is financed through a Treasury Department fund that is approved through the congressional budget process.

In addition, Democrats on the Oversight Committee have recently attacked Gowdy for his actions regarding the Trump administration and the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Rep. Trey Gowdy resigned this week as chairman of the House Ethics Committee, citing a "challenging workload" to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
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