Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has agreed to serve as President Donald Trump’s outside counsel during the impeachment inquiry, according to Axios, though details of the arrangement have not yet been finalized.
As outside counsel, Gowdy “can offer Trump another opinion on where legal theory meets political reality, a person familiar told Axios' Margaret Talev.”
The source also said that Gowdy’s experience with the Benghazi investigations during President Obama’s time in office is viewed as an asset.
As chairman of the House oversight committee at the time, Gowdy presided over the investigation into Trump’s previous presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, over the terrorist attack that took place in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
His role would include making television appearances to defend the president, as well as providing advice to the White House.
So far, the White House’s response to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has been largely combative. On Wednesday, Trump kept his European Union ambassador from testifying before Congress, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent Democrats a letter saying the administration would not cooperate with the proceedings.