SC Rep. Trey Gowdy announces he won't run for re-election

UNITED STATES- OCTOBER 26 Rep. Trey Gowdy R-S.C. left leaves the Capitol after the House passed a fiscal 2018 budget resolution

Gowdy is the latest, but one of the most high-profile, of a slew of Republicans to announce they would leave Congress.

Gowdy became the chairman of the House Oversight Committee after Utah's Jason Chaffetz (who hasn't ruled out a return to government office) left Congress in June of previous year.

The special panel's discovery of Clinton's use of a private email server for government business became a significant issue in the 2016 presidential election and prompted an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of her actions that reverberated until the final days of the campaign.

Gowdy was on his fourth term as a member of Congress.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve in the People's House and-prior to Congress-to advocate on behalf of justice in our court systems.

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Gowdy was elected in the 2010 tea party wave that returned control of the House to Republicans. Unlike many others, however, Gowdy was not facing a hard re-election campaign in 2018.

Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R-S.C), pictured on Capitol Hill on January 18, is chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding'. The current rankings from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics and the Cook Political Report expect that Republicans will maintain a bare majority in the House. "All are needed for those in public service", Gowdy said.

Among those witnesses were the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Glenn Simpson, a Washington opposition researcher behind a dossier of allegations about Trump and his ties to Russian Federation.

Democrats have called the memo a "distraction" and a selectively edited group of GOP talking points.

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