Rep. Trey “Get’ ’em” Gowdy to head up #Benghazi select committee

Congressman Trey Gowdy
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC-4
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This is super awesome to hear:

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor known for his aggressive style of questioning at congressional hearings, has been tapped to lead a select committee tasked with investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

House Speaker John Boehner made the announcement Monday afternoon.

“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 said in a statement he was “honored” to serve as chairman. “While people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all of the facts,” he said.

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.


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.

I.can’t.wait.  This guy is as tough as they make them and he is not cowed by cries of “racism!” or “distraction!”   He tells it straight like it is.  I can think of few politicos in Congress who possess more of a dogged determination than him.  If that’s not enough for you, Congressman Issa – who has also been a warrior on the issue of Benghazi – praised his appointment to the select committee:

Issa, though, praised the selection on Monday, saying Boehner “could not have chosen a Member more committed to getting the full truth about the before, during, and after of the Benghazi terrorist attacks than Congressman Trey Gowdy.”

Finally, at long last, the American people – and more importantly, the families of the victims – may soon have answers.

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