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SC GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of House Oversight Committee will not seek re-election

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Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina announced on Twitter Wednesday he will not seek re-election.

In his tweet, he said "there is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system."

You can see his full tweet and statement below.

Gowdy is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and previously chaired a highly partisan panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
  
Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. In a statement, he said, "whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system."
  
The Benghazi panel revealed the existence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and controversies involving it proved to be damaging to her failed 2016 presidential campaign.
  
Gowdy was elected in the 2010 tea party wave that returned control of the House to Republicans.

  

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