Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has resigned from the House Ethics Committee pending Speaker Paul Ryan’s designation of a replacement.
Gowdy, a Tea Party Republican, spent two years and $7 million investigating Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the chairman of the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. In June of last year, the hyper-partisan endeavor found “no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead."
Gowdy tendered his resignation to House Speaker Paul Ryan via a letter, a matter of congressional record:
RESIGNATION AS MEMBER OF COMMITTEE ON ETHICS
The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following resignation as a member of the Committee on Ethics:
Dear Speaker Ryan: Thank you for the privilege of serving for the past 5 years on the House Ethics Committee. While few, if any, members seek this assignment, the collegiality of the members coupled with the seriousness of the jurisdiction have made it an experience I will treasure.
When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics. Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload.I was happy to finish out the calendar year and conclude some matters then pending before the Committee.
Accordingly, I tender my resignation from the House Ethics Committee pending your designation of a replacement. Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship.
Member of Congress.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the resignation is accepted. There was no objection.
Many on Twitter welcomed the news:
Vile disgrace Trey Gowdy resigns from the Ethics Committee he used as a political weapon.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 13, 2018
Next up: running him out of office. https://t.co/wmMXzXfU3j
Trey Gowdy has resigned from the House Ethics Cmte!— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 13, 2018
Trey Gowdy has resigned from the House Ethics Cmte!
Maybe it has to do with him taking bribes from anti-Hillary groups while leading the failed Benghazi witch hunt. Or just being a corrupt Republican in general. Adios.
OMG, this is great news!!Trey Gowdy, I truly loathe that hamster brained sycophant...— CWP (@saintcats) January 13, 2018
Hopefully Devin Nunes will be next....
Hey, Donald:— Donnie Daycare (@realHoCoTrump) January 13, 2018
See Trey Gowdy play ethics guy
See Trey Gowdy fail
See Trey Gowdy resign
Be a Trey pic.twitter.com/5mbKAMj6Ku
Trey Gowdy resigns because he has no ethics https://t.co/uPL9FHwP1K— In your dreams 🌙 (@dragginflyy) January 13, 2018
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