Trey Gowdy

Midterm losers and retired politicians sign on as political pundits

Former politicians John Kasich, Trey Gowdy, Andrew Gillum and Claire McCaskill.
Former politicians John Kasich, Trey Gowdy, Andrew Gillum and Claire McCaskill. Photos: Getty Images

Fox News announced Wednesday it signed former Republican congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina as a contributor, adding to the slew of recently retired politicians making their TV debut in 2019.

Why it matters: TV news is giving its viewers some fresh faces ahead of 2020, and as Axios' Mike Allen noted Tuesday, some of the loudest political voices are becoming those who lost in the 2018 midterms.

House Republicans close investigation into FBI and DOJ

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) revealed in a letter to top Justice Department officials Friday that they are closing their investigation into how the FBI and the Justice Department handled their probes of Hillary Clinton's emails and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The bottom line: Goodlatte and Gowdy's letter issued few new revelations, but the outgoing chairmen urged House Democrats to “continue to identify and eliminate bias” in federal agencies when they take over in January. Democrats have already indicated, however, that they plan to drop the investigation.