Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning to discuss his recent announcement that he’s leaving Congress at the end of his term.

Gowdy is an influential Republican and his announcement came as a shock to many.

In his statement, he said his skills were better served in the justice system instead of the political system.


When asked by host Margaret Brennan about his decision, he spoke about where he thinks he can be best effective.

“I enjoy the justice system more. I enjoy being fair… I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think, but I’ve been a pretty lousy politician,” Gowdy said. “I see multiple sides of a single issue. And the fact that someone disagrees with me does not make me challenge their love of the country. It doesn’t make me believe that they’re corrupt. I’ve got a lot of friends on the other side of the aisle.”

Gowdy also spoke about the release of the Devin Nunes memo, expanding on questions surrounding how much law enforcement disclosed about the source of the dossier.

“They could have easily said it was the DNC and Hillary Clinton. That would have been really easy,” Gowdy said. “It took longer to explain it the way they did than if they just came right out and said, ‘Hillary Clinton for America and DNC paid for it.’ But they didn’t do that.