Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is set to become part of President Donald Trump’s legal team as external counsel for the House’s expanding impeachment inquiry, Fox News informed.
An administration official who was in contact with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity confirmed Gowdy’s hiring on Tuesday.
Gowdy, who formerly chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee, made a decision not to seek reelection last year and became part of the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP after leaving office.
He has also been a Fox News contributor but the network would not immediately comment on Gowdy’s status after the Associated Press report.
The White House in a letter said that it will not be part of an “illegal” probe, saying that the inquiry “violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process” and “lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation.”
The letter was receieved the same day the administration blocked U.S. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying on the Hill.
“The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement responding to the letter. “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable.”