After weeks of intense speculation, House Republicans have formally announced that Congressman Trey Gowdy will officially replace outgoing Congressman Jason Chaffetz as chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee.
Gowdy is one of the most experienced prosecutors in Congress, and helped lead the House investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2016, and now he will get the opportunity to continue his passion as a prosecutor.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 8, 2017
From Town Hall:
“Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job. He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth. Under his capable leadership, the Committee will continue to work towards ensuring effectiveness and efficiency throughout the federal government. As his friend and colleague, I have every confidence in his abilities moving forward,” Chaffetz released in a statement. “The steering committee was fortunate to have two good options. I congratulate Steve Russell for throwing his hat in the ring. He has loyally served this country first in the U.S. Army, and now in his current capacity representing the people of Oklahoma. I have high expectations of the contributions he can make going forward.”
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as Chairman of this historic Committee. I look forward to working with Chairman-elect Gowdy to ensure a smooth transition of the gavel,” he continued.
Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor and current member of the Committee. In 2014 he was tapped to lead the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He also serves on the House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The House Republican Conference will vote on his nomination Tuesday, when his position will be made official.
Since he became a member of Congress, Gowdy has been a thorn in the side of Democrats, demanding answers on a variety of Obama scandals from Benghazi to the IRS scandal to Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private email server.
While Gowdy is a strong conservative, he seeks answers without a political motive, and wants the American public to know that he will provide them with the truth at all times.
As Chairman, Gowdy will be in charge of exposing government corruption, and he will make sure that government officials are held accountable at all times.
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