"His legal skills and his advocacy will serve the President well", Sekulow said.
He previously served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and led the House Select Committee on Benghazi, where he grilled former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials over their roles and knowledge of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city.
Fox recently brought on Gowdy on as a contributor in January of 2019.
Gowdy joined a string of GOP committee chairmen who chose to leave Congress as the GOP faced a challenging 2018 midterm election which resulted in the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives. Instead he returned to law joining firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
Still, Gowdy's path to entering Trump's orbit has been a long one. Gowdy also contradicted Trump past year, saying there's no evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a "spy" in Trump's 2016 campaign, as Trump repeatedly claimed.
In 2015, when Trump was a presidential candidate, he referred to Gowdy as a "loser" for not producing any overtly damning information during the Benghazi committee's 11-hour grilling of Clinton, who at that point was also a White House contender.
Gowdy ultimately turned down all of these opportunities.
Recalling that comment, which has been circulating in recent days on social media, Bardella said he is flabbergasted that Gowdy is "joining forces with someone who is literally taking a wrecking ball to checks and balances" by refusing to cooperate with Congress on a host of investigations, including impeachment.
As a member of Congress, Gowdy insisted he had never had so much as a phone conversation with Trump, not even when Trump was ostensibly considering him for jobs. Sekulow said congressional rules prohibit Gowdy from dealing with Congress for one year from his departure.
Sources suggested Gowdy might have been convinced to sit down with Trump at the urging of Mulvaney, who has since last December been serving as the acting chief of staff. Mulvaney and Gowdy have been close for years, especially since entering the U.S. House together in 2011, alongside Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2013. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.
"I honestly don't know the rationale behind it", said Terry Sullivan, who ran Gowdy's first congressional campaign in 2010, when, as a tea party insurgent, he ousted a Republican incumbent who had fallen out of favor with conservatives.