It's Official: Trey Gowdy to Lead Benghazi Select Committee
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed today that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.
Gowdy’s name quickly rose to the top of the list after Bohener announced the formation of the committee on Friday.
“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner announced in a statement. “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.”
A member of the House Oversight committee, Gowdy has attracted the admiration of conservatives as the firebrand prosecutor tackled the Obama administration on the scandals surrounding Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, praised the decision.
"Speaker 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. Trey has been an integral contributor to the Oversight Committee investigation and takes the knowledge we have gained, through subpoenas and individual testimony, to his new role leading the new Select Committee. I look forward to continuing to work with him as he leads the effort, across committee jurisdictions, to find facts, accountability, and needed reforms," Issa said.
In a statement, Gowdy vowed to answer the "unresolved questions" about the Benghazi attack.
"Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government's interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue," Gowdy said.
“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. In a courtroom, juries are free to believe one witness over a hundred witnesses. But you cannot make that or any other credibility determination if you do not have access to all relevant witnesses, documents and other tangible evidence," he added.