USA Today – Colleagues of the House Republican who will head an expansive committee into Benghazi say he has a reputation as an attack-dog questioner and a prosecutor’s talent for getting to the bottom of complex matters.
In just three years in the House, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has become a favorite of conservatives who believe the Obama administration politicized the intelligence in the attack that left four Americans dead.
At the same time, some Democrats say he may be far too partisan to chair a select committee in which he must handle the investigation with even-handedness.
“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused and serious-minded as they come,” House Speaker John Boehner said in announcing him as chair of the committee. “His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.”
Gowdy began serving in Congress only in 2011 and has made a name for himself by going after top administration officials with the same fervor he once reserved for murder convicts he sent to death row as a prosecutor in South Carolina, colleagues say.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., who sits next to Gowdy on House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said Gowdy “has the respect of both Republicans and Democrats and will be trusted to get to the truth.”
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