UPDATE: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has finally spoken publicly about his decision to leave politics.
According to CNN, Gowdy said he wanted to go back to working in the justice system because he misses working in a field "where facts matter."
"I like jobs where facts matter. I like jobs where fairness matters. I like jobs where, frankly, where the process matters. It's not just about winning and it's not just about reaching a result," Gowdy said to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."
Gowdy has served in Congress for seven years, but he has decided that he’s “more at peace in jobs that reward fairness and are fact-centric than I am in Congress.”
When Camerota straightforwardly asked if he was asserting that facts don’t matter in Congress, he replied, “I think what matters in Congress is finding a group and then validating or ratifying what they already believe.”
Although he didn’t explicitly criticize President Donald Trump, it is very telling that after nearly a decade in Congress, Gowdy is just now fed up with the political environment. There’s been only one majorly critical shift in politics in the last seven years, and that is the election of Trump.
“I like the art of persuasion. I like finding 12 people who have not already made up their minds and then may [if] the facts prevail. That's not where we are in politics. So maybe we'll get back there," Gowdy, who is a former federal prosecutor, added.
His emphasis on facts is also notable considering that the Trump administration is known for pedaling “alternative facts” and trying to pass them off as truth to the public.
In a nutshell, it appears Gowdy's conscience got the best of him, and he finally grew tired of doing Trump's bidding for him.
As this year gears up to be a watershed year for Democrats, Republicans are dropping to the wayside like flies.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy — chairman of the House Oversight Committee and former head of the Select Committee on Benghazi — has announced that he will be “leaving politics,” making him the 34th GOP representative to bow out ahead of midterm elections.
The loss of Gowdy is a huge blow to the Republican Party as he is known for his strong hold over committees to investigate the party’s political enemies and protect its allies, according to ShareBlue. For example, he is the political pit bull who forced Hillary Clinton to testify for 11 straight hours on the Benghazi terrorist attack as a means to discredit her just before the 2016 presidential election.
He is also leading the charge in finding proof of Trump’s conspiracy theory about a supposed FBI plot against him while simultaneously impeding investigations into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.
Ironically enough, Gowdy is the second House Oversight chairman Republicans have lost in just this term. His predecessor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz resigned early and Gowdy was appointed to take his place.
As Gowdy's decision appears very sudden, it is likely that he is attempting to avoid the impending “blue tsunami” of Democrats gearing up to take control of the House majority, playing on the nation’s strong opposition to Trump to get more votes.
Gowdy would have every right to be concerned about his party’s future as we’ve already seen a significant flip play out in Wisconsin where Democrat Patty Schachtner triumphed over Adam Jarchow, an incumbent Republican state representative in Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District. Schachtner was victorious despite Democratic numbers being at the lowest they’ve been since 1971 in the state Senate and 1957 in the Assembly.
On the other hand, Gowdy may just be sick and tired of trying to protect Trump. After the tumultuous first year of Trump’s presidency, he likely realized that — regardless of how much he loves his party — he can’t continue defending this man for the next three years and could be getting out of politics to save what’s left of his own conscience and dignity.
Whatever the real reason is, we can't say we're sad to see him go. In fact, we hope this trend of Trump losing party support continues because we do not want any chance of him being re-elected in 2020.