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February 9, 2016

Gowdy Names Phil Kiko as Staff Director for Benghazi Committee (Video)


Kiko (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kiko will be the majority staff director of the Benghazi committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats still haven’t named members to the Select Committee on Benghazi, but Rep. Trey Gowdy, the appointed chairman of the panel that boasts a full slate of Republicans, is staffing up.

On Thursday afternoon, the South Carolina Republican announced that Phil Kiko would come on board as majority staff director.

“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.”

Kiko was most recently the vice chairman of the Smith-Free Group, a D.C.-based government affairs firm, but he’s a veteran Capitol Hill staffer as well.

According to Gowdy’s announcement, Kiko has served stints as the staff director and general counsel for the Committee on House Administration, general counsel and chief of staff for the House Judiciary Committee, deputy chief of staff for the House Science Committee and chief of staff for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

He held posts with the Interior and Education Departments, according to Kiko’s bio page on the Smith-Free website, and began his career at the National Republican Campaign Committee. The NRCC is currently battling accusations from Democrats that it is fundraising off of the GOP-lead investigation into the Benghazi attacks.

Shortly after Gowdy revealed the news, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, chimed in.

“Phil Kiko is a man of unquestioned integrity with a record of distinguished service to the House and the American people. His appointment today is further proof of Chairman Gowdy’s commitment to an investigation that is serious, fact-based, and professional. The American people deserve the full truth about what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and there is no better person to help lead this effort than Phil.”

  • Bernie Blasnalus

    In the transformed America the new majority of voters and the national alphabet media will sacrifice Ambassadors and national integrity for socialism and political victory. They DON’T care Obama lied, and even if these hearings find more evidence of derelict behavior from the Administration there is little reason to think they will be held to account. IRS officials much less the AG himself are held in contempt of Congress and they give the finger in response.

    • Stephen Barlow

      We are living in the “NEW SOVIET UNION OF BANKS AND GUN MANUFACTURERS”. Their job is 100% permanent all out war on innocents. They are a dying breed and in My lifetime, i hope to see the GOP go the way of the WHIG. (There is one left, but the convention’s are held in a honda Civiv back seat in a Burger King Drive Thru and only last about 6 minutes each year. Or until all the fries are gone.)

  • Gadsden Purchase

    Hussein Obama is a lunatic.

    • Stephen Barlow

      A Harvard Educated by SCHOLARSHIP, not a legacy student like Romney or McCain @ Annapolis. What is LUNATIC and demanding medication for life is the idea that the murder in Benghazi was planned the way the Voter Fraud in Ohio was planned in 2004 and the Ballot counting fraud was planned in Florida in 2000.

      THAT is lunatic FRINGE thinking.

  • Haymitch Abernathy

    In a related video we find Hussein Obama lying about his fidelity to our sacred Constitution:

    • Stephen Barlow

      Thanks for the VERY out of context sound bite… Before he says this and AFTER he can be minisculy quoted in this clip.. THE TWICE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES explains exactly how BUSH invaded iraq under FALSE PRETENSES and conned a whole NATION to killed 125,000 civilians, create more than a million NEW TERRORISTS, WASTE $2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS and found:

      ZERO WMD’s. in fac, 6 out of 7 international intelligence agencies concluded that Bush’s INVASION EVIDENCE was NOT CREDIBLE for a YEAR before Rummy, Cheney, Wolfowicz and Bush sold you on revenge.

      CAn we have JUST A FEW actual facts from ANY Republicans today?

      • latinababe

        stfu loser

  • Stephen Barlow

    Even Bush’s Counter-terrorism Deputy Chief says this entire “special investigation” is both unnecessary AND a septilian redundancy. That the highest ranking Military Commander and the Most experienced intelligence officer in AMERICA have BOTH combed through the evidence superbly and found ::”NO INKLING of fault by the administration”.

    This is strictly a political manuver to smear a democratic Presidential Candidate.

  • Stephen Barlow

    8th. There have been 7 Hearings on this issue, and the TOP Military man and the most experienced Intelligence guy BOTH exonerated Obama AND the State Dept… While pinning the security failures to the Re[publican Austerity Obstructionism.

  • Genie ♥ BENGHAZI ♥ Smith

    BS. Kiko is a lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • jimmydavis

      Your reply at TAS went straight to moderation. Nevertheless, I was able to use your link before it disappeared. I thank you for your kind assistance.
      Best, JD

      • Genie ♥ BENGHAZI ♥ Smith

        You’re welcome.

        Have a great day.

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