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Trey Gowdy resigns as House Ethics Committee member

Trey Gowdy resigns as House Ethics Committee member

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is stepping down from his role on the House Ethics Committee, citing a "challenging workload" as the reason for his departure.

Gowdy informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of his decision in a letter on Jan. 10, the details of which were not made public until Saturday.

The South Carolina Republican was tapped to lead the House Oversight Committee last June, after the former chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left Congress for a job at Fox News.

"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," Gowdy wrote.

He has also come under routine fire from Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee over his handling of matters related to the Trump White House and the ongoing federal investigation into Russian election interference.

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