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Trey Gowdy steps down from Ethics Committee, citing 'challenging workload'

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Susan McFarland
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy questions James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, as they testify on Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election and alleged hacking allegations during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2017. On Wednesday, Gowdy turned in a resignation letter saying he will be stepping down from the House Ethics Committee. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy questions James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, as they testify on Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election and alleged hacking allegations during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2017. On Wednesday, Gowdy turned in a resignation letter saying he will be stepping down from the House Ethics Committee. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 13 (UPI) -- After five years of serving on the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy is stepping down from the House Ethics Committee.

In his resignation letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, the South Carolina Republican said he would "treasure" his experience on the Ethics panel but said the workload was rigid.

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"When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics," Gowdy wrote."Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload."

Gowdy said he would finish out the calendar year and resign pending designation of a replacement.

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