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09/30/2015 10:50 am ET Updated Sep 30, 2015

Trey Gowdy Aide Plays Down Report That Congressman Will Leave Congress

Still, she left the door open to what Gowdy will do in 2016.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Trey Gowdy's (R-S.C.) office said on Wednesday that a congressman who suggested Gowdy would not seek re-election in 2016 was incorrect. She declined to elaborate on the congressman's plans.

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said on Wednesday that Gowdy planned to leave Congress at the end of his current term to return to South Carolina.

Amanda Duvall, a Gowdy spokesperson, said that Fleming's comments were not accurate but did not say that the congressman would stay in Congress.

"No, it is not correct," Duvall said in a statement, referring to Fleming's comments. "He has not made any announcement on 2016."

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who is friends with Gowdy, tweeted on Wednesday that the fellow South Carolina Republican was not retiring.

Gowdy chairs the Select Committee on Benghazi, whose work Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) touted on Tuesday for hurting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Speculation about him leaving Congress also came a day after some of Gowdy's allies tried to convince him to run for GOP majority leader.

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