Gowdy would be a huge addition to the Trump defense team but it remains unclear if his services will still be needed after he is allowed to return.
Former South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Gowdy left the door open on Sunday to the possibility that he may join President Donald Trump’s outside legal defense team.
The intended move was announced earlier this month and then fell apart the next day after questions arose about whether Gowdy joining Trump’s outside legal defense team would violate lobbying rules.
“I have no idea. I don’t represent the president as of today,” Gowdy responded. “I don’t know what, if anything, will exist in January. It may be over. My sense is the president needs folks that can represent him now before the House, the Senate, and indirectly through television shows and print media.”
“For one year, I can’t talk to the House or Senate, and my reading of that statute, and it’s a restrictive reading I’ll grant you, but my reading is I can’t even communicate indirectly on behalf of a person with the intent to persuade,” Gowdy continued. “So I could not come on your show and give advice to House Republicans or House Democrats on how they ought to run their investigation if I were working for the president. So, I don’t even know if I’m going to be alive in January. If Dallas doesn’t start playing better, I won’t be alive in January. So, I don’t know who I’ll be representing.”