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Trey Gowdy Names GOP Aide Turned Lobbyist As Director Of Benghazi Panel

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Since April 2013 Kiko has been vice chairman of the Smith-Free Group, a lobbying outfit in Washington D.C. Before that he worked in various GOP roles on Capitol Hill including as a legal counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee and as chief of staff to the Republican-led Judiciary Committee under Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).

"Phil brings with him years of experience serving in various capacities in the House and the Executive Branch, including top positions for three Committees," Gowdy said in a statement. "He has a proven record of effective leadership and management, and I am pleased to have him on our team as we conduct a serious, fact-driven investigation to ensure our fellow Americans know the full truth about what happened in Benghazi."