Gowdy endorses Trump

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyThe family secret Bruce Ohr told Rod Rosenstein about Russia case Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE.

“I endorse Donald Trump,” Gowdy told MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily.”

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“I was a [Marco] Rubio guy, and if Marco had won I would have expected the [Ted] Cruz supporters and the [John] Kasich supports and the Trump supporters to support my guy,” he added.

“My guy lost. When the jury speaks, I’m going to support the jury.”

Gowdy had previously said he will support the eventual GOP nominee, but had declined to specifically throw his support behind Trump.

Asked about his attitude toward Trump, Gowdy said that “I actually didn’t think I was that hesitant.” 

“I was a Rubio guy and Marco lost, but I will enthusiastically support the Republican nominee.”

His statement is a sign of further consolidation behind the billionaire New Yorker, who has faced persistent opposition from some Republicans.

Gowdy was a prominent supporter of Rubio late last year.

But despite endorsements from Gowdy and Gov. Nikki Haley, Rubio lost big in the South Carolina primary, a full 10 percentage points behind Trump.

Gowdy, who is popular among fellow Republicans, has been the target of intense ire from Democrats, who accuse him of overseeing a partisan witch hunt of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE through the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Gowdy has denied that his effort is tied to politics in any way, and has accused the Obama administration of not being forthcoming about the events of the 2012 Benghazi attack, which killed four Americans.  

Trump angrily slammed Gowdy in December for endorsing Rubio, calling his committee’s hearings on Benghazi “a disaster” for the GOP.

“I hope @TGowdySC does better for Rubio than he did at the #Benghazi hearings, which were a total disaster for Republicans & America!” he tweeted at the time.

- Updated at 5:42 p.m.