Rep. Trey Gowdy says he won't seek re-election

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Another one bites the dust!

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday his plans to retire, saying he won't seek re-election at the end of his term and outlining his plans to return to work in the USA legal system.

The South Carolina congressman also took a leading role in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the 2011 attack on a USA embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

The special panel's discovery of Clinton's use of a private email server for government business became a significant issue in the 2016 presidential election and prompted an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of her actions that reverberated until the final days of the campaign.

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She said in a statement that what happened at the school is "abhorrent" and "cannot happen ever again - there or anywhere". Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned previous year after she was suspended for defending Nassar.

Now, Gowdy is a key member of one of the Russian Federation probes in Congress and the leader of a renewed investigation into the FBI and Clinton's emails. He is the ninth House committee chair to head for the exits, but several of the others faced the prospect of being term-limited out of that role or faced hard re-election prospects. "As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding", said the statement.

Gowdy's SC district is heavily Republican.

As chair of the House committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy was vaulted into the national spotlight for his intense and critical questions about whether then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have prevented the attack or dealt with it more effectively. "All are needed for those in public service", Gowdy said.

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