Donald Trump has enlisted former Representative Trey Gowdy to work with the White House team combating the U.S. House’s impeachment inquiry into the president, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Gowdy, a former prosecutor from South Carolina, is not formally joining the White House staff, according to the people. Gowdy rose to prominence leading a special House panel investigating the attacks on an American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee investigation, he helped manage the panel’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Early last year, Gowdy announced that he would not seek re-election to his South Carolina House seat.