One of the chief architects of the Republican Party’s obstructionist witch hunt over the past several years is about to get a big promotion in the U.S. House.
Congressman Trey Gowdy is a far-right politician and he’s reportedly next in line to be the chairman of the influential House Oversight Committee. Many Americans know Gowdy as the man who fabricated an investigation into the Benghazi attack in order to damage the reputations of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Congressman Gowdy is bad news – he’s already proven that he doesn’t care about the truth and that he’ll do anything to support his own political party.
Republicans are about to give one of the top committee posts in the House to a guy who has never said he wants the job: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Gowdy is expected to be chosen this week to take over the chairmanship of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, despite the fact he has not said he is running for the position.
The Republican Steering Committee — which is made up of Republican leadership and other representatives — will meet this week to choose a replacement for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who has announced he will retire from Congress on June 30th.
… Gowdy is closely aligned with Republican leadership, but has also earned the respect of members of the GOP’s far right. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, a Freedom Caucus member, said Gowdy “is tried, tested and exactly what the committee needs at this time.”
Congressman Gowdy has been widely criticized for the part he played in the ongoing Benghazi investigations during the Obama administration.
After more than two years and over $7 million, the eighth investigation into the Benghazi attacks has finally issued its report, the culmination of a massive wasted effort that can only be seen as a Republican political vendetta against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
In the end, as hard as it tried, the Republican-led congressional panel turned up no great bombshell, no new evidence of wrongdoing by Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the 2012 attack, when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
In essence, the panel came to the same conclusion that the previous seven investigations had reached: that while there were serious security gaps at the American consulate in Benghazi and at a separate annex run by the CIA, American forces could not have reached Benghazi in time to save the Americans. Mrs. Clinton had taken responsibility for the State Department’s handling of the incident within months of the tragedy.
By most reasonable measures, the probe was a failure for which the Republicans and the panel chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, should be publicly excoriated.
This man should not be promoted!