The decision to have former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R.-S.C., join his legal team as the impeachment inquiry gets underway is bad news for Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's private legal counsel and top media gun.
White House sources tell Newsmax that Giuliani has been sharply and privately criticized by the president’s top aides.
Several have said they believe the former New York mayor has helped feed the impeachment move with media appearances that have been confusing and not consistent with internal legal plans.
Gowdy, who joined Trump’s legal battery on Tuesday, is considered a far more aggressive and disciplined spokesman than Giuliani.
A former assistant U.S. attorney who retired from the House last year, Gowdy is best known for his role on the House Committee that investigated the murder of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, in 2008.
“Trey is a tough prosecutor but also great on TV,” one White House source told me. “The president really likes him and he will be much stronger than Rudy.”
Giuliani will remain as a private counsel to the president, but will not be front and center representing the president on media, sources report.
Among those reportedly pushing for Gowdy to step up as Trump’s legal spokesman is acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
The pair are both friends, South Carolinians, and entered Congress together in 2010.
As odds on impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives grow with each day, sources close to Trump told us, Giuliani “does not help the cause” with some of his unsubstantiated pronouncements.
During a recent string of appearances on television, the former New York mayor discussed never-proven claims that former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter helped secure the firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shoskin for investigating their business dealings in Kiev.
Calling Giuliani’s charges “disturbing allegations,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., recently said he will offer the New Yorker the opportunity to testify before the panel “to inform the committee of his concerns.”