Following reports that Trey Gowdy was joining President Donald Trump’s legal team, Fox News said it is cutting ties with the former Republican congressman.
“Trey Gowdy has been terminated and is no longer a contributor,” a Fox News spokesman said in a statement to The Hill.
Confirmed, per a senior White House official, who says Trump has blessed the move. Trey Gowdy is on the Trump team. https://t.co/yjhaK8LsOF
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 8, 2019
Gowdy, 55, was brought in to serve as outside counsel to Trump amid a House impeachment inquiry into the president, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
He joined Fox News as a contributor after retiring from Congress ahead of the 2018 election.
The impeachment inquiry comes amid a controversy regarding dealings in Ukraine involving Trump, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Joe and Hunter Biden. The situation arose after a whistleblower from within the U.S. intelligence community brought a complaint with an internal watchdog relating to Trump’s July telephone call with Zelenskiy.
Trump is accused of abusing his authority by allegedly pressuring Ukrainian Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden,
Pelosi last week said Trump’s actions had “seriously violated the Constitution,” and accused his administration of violations of federal law.
And the House Speaker last Tuesday announced that the Democratic-led House was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directed six committees to proceed with investigations of the president’s actions.
Democrats have accused Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, of soliciting Ukraine’s help to smear Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, before the 2020 election.
But the president and his supporters have shifted the spotlight to Biden’s alleged conflict of interest in his dealings with the Eastern European nation.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great,” Trump said in the call with Zelenskiy, according to the summary provided by the Justice Department.
In 2016, Biden called for the firing of Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian government’s top prosecutor and the man who had led an investigation into Burisma, the company that employed Hunter Biden.
Vitaliy Kasko, a former Ukraine government official, was quoted by Bloomberg News in May as saying that the investigation into Burisma had been dormant since 2014.
According to conservative commentator John Solomon, who cites an “official case file” provided to him, the Ukraine Prosecutor General’s office still had two open inquiries into Burisma in March 2016.
REUTERS contributed to this report.