Inside Trump’s Botched Attempt to Hire Trey Gowdy

The Search for a Lawyer Continues. . .

Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina representative, was announced last week as a new member of President Trump’s impeachment defense team. The arrangement quickly fell apart.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York Times

For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Trump’s outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort to respond to a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.

A day later, the arrangement fell apart, with lobbying rules prohibiting Mr. Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over. Now, according to two people familiar with events, Mr. Gowdy is never expected to join the team. And Trump advisers are back to square one, searching for a different lawyer.

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