Boehner Taps Trey Gowdy To Lead Special Benghazi Committee


Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced Monday he has selected second-term Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to chair a select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Boehner’s statement is below:

“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice. Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come. 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. I plan to ensure he and his committee have the strongest authority possible to root out all the facts. This is a big job, but Rep. Gowdy has the confidence of this conference, and I know his professionalism and grit will earn him the respect of the American people.”


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