Trey Gowdy on Leaving Congress: I Was a Good Prosecutor, But ‘A Pretty Lousy Politician’


Congressman Trey Gowdy briefly explained his decision to leave Congress during his appearance on Face the Nation today.

Gowdy mostly talked about the Nunes memo, the documents he saw, the dossier, the Russia probe, etc., but Margaret Brennan also asked him about his surprise decision, announced mere days ago.

Gowdy’s announcement came as a shock to a lot of people, but the South Carolina congressman explained, “I enjoy the justice system more. I enjoy being fair… I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think, but I’ve been a pretty lousy politician.”

When asked why he thinks that, Gowdy said, “I see multiple sides of a single issue. And the fact that someone disagrees with me does not make me challenge their love of the country. It doesn’t make me believe that they’re corrupt. I’ve got a lot of friends on the other side of the aisle.”

He also made a point of saying too much of politics is about “winning” over the actual process.

Watch above (the relevant part starts at the 15:10 mark), via CBS.

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