U.S. House Speaker John Boehner today appointed our Congressman Trey Gowdy as Chairman of a House Select Committee that will investigate the Benghazi embassy attacks.
As a former prosecutor, Rep. Gowdy has the courage and resolve to get answers from the Obama administration on what really happened on September 11, 2012.
(Source: South Carolina Republican Party)
Speaker John Boehner taps Trey Gowdy to head Benghazi select committee
“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” Boehner said. “His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel. I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama administration.”
Boehner announced Friday that the House would create a special committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. He pulled the trigger on the panel after a lawsuit filed by a conservative activist group forced the Obama administration to release copies of emails that it had failed to provide to congressional investigators.
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Some see the Trey Gowdy appointment as a blow to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), handling of the probe into the 2012 attacks.
“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” he said. “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.”
Boehner said Gowdy’s courtroom background makes him the “ideal person” to lead the newly announced investigation.
Gowdy’s name had been high on the short list ever since the speaker announced Friday he would call a House vote on forming a select committee. Boehner had long resisted calls for such a probe, but reversed course after newly released emails raised questions about the White House role in shaping the administration’s public narrative after the attack.
Other names mentioned for the job by Capitol Hill insiders had included Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas; Rep. Mike Turner R-Ohio; Rep. John Mica R-Fla.; Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.; and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
But Gowdy seemed to attract the most attention. Gowdy is a second-term lawmaker, a former district attorney and federal prosecutor, and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
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Rush Limbaugh called this “Good News” and appeared to be surprised on his radio show today
RUSH: Darn right I was surprised. I couldn’t believe it happened, but they did it. Because the Republicans are not stopping the Democrats. There isn’t any pushback, yet they’re going to have this special Select Committee looking into Benghazi. And furthermore, they’re going to put a real tiger as the chairman, Trey Gowdy. Boehner has announced a special House committee to investigate Benghazi, something that is long overdue.
We just interviewed Trey Gowdy for the current issue of The Limbaugh Letter. This guy is a former prosecutor, South Carolina, and he just takes no prisoners. He’s going to head up the special Select Committee, which means that it’s not something just pro forma. Selecting Gowdy is a great indicator. Put it this way. If you really didn’t want this committee to do anything, if all you wanted was the news that you had appointed it, then you wouldn’t put Trey Gowdy in the chairmanship role because he’s going to get to the bottom of this no matter what. He’s not going to leave one stone unturned here. Boehner has to know that, which tells me, of course, that Boehner’s serious. Well, I don’t want to go that far.
Expect Democrats to issue statements that the Benghazi Select Committee is a colossal waste of time and will not take part in this GOP Witch hunt… What else could they say? “Sure, we have been providing aide and cover to the President and the Former Secretary of State.” Not happening!
Keep in mind that the Watergate hearings were massively partisan, it wasn’t until the tapes were discovered that Republicans realized that Nixon had to go.
- Politico: Gowdy to Head Benghazi Committee (whitehousedossier.com)