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February 9, 2016

Boehner Picks Gowdy for Benghazi Special Committee

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trey Gowdy will head a special committee tasked with investigating the White House response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio announced Monday.

South Carolina Republican Gowdy, a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a 49-year-old former federal prosecutor and a beneficiary of the 2010 tea party wave, is known as a sharp and effective communicator. He is well respected among House conservatives.

“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,” Boehner said in a statement.

He added, “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.”

It is unclear if the committee would have any powers beyond those held by existing House committees that have been investigating the administration’s response to the 2012 attack.

The House will vote later this week to empanel the special committee.


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  • Brenda Huddleston

    The best choice!!!!!

    • lalameda

      Hair! Hair!

  • m141934a

    It’s about time! Can’t understand why this has not been addressed with a select committee already. The lies and coverup were just blatant.

    • Jack Everett

      Calling your self an American is blatant.

      • KC614

        What a great illustration of the Democratic Party evolution.

      • 14n0n3

        Fixed it for ya

        • Guest

          Me 2.

        • J Alex Hart


  • Carmen A.

    Trey Hang them high!

  • Jack Everett

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi and next week it will be IRS, IRS, IRS then it will be stomp the ACA into the ground and when the wheel turn full circle it will start over again with Benghazi. These republican Koch suckers should be thrown out oc Washington on their ear. They have done nothing for four and a half yearsd except obstruct and spread hate and propaganda.

    • philla12

      And where were you during the Bush administration? We know, obstructing, spreading hate and propaganda. Democrats should stop lying, behave like reasonable human beings and then there would be no need for investigation. A party that bases their platform on lying and destroying the country needs to be investigated. You obviously know they have something to hide, and all the pretend outrage fools only those who want to be fooled.

    • William Power

      I`m no fan of Boehner or the establishment Republicans either: but boy, I wasn`t sure there were anymore Obama/ Democrat drones left after all the blatant facts out there of the failure of this administration and its party. You must be really, really thick. LOL

      • William Power

        Oh…I see your a “baby-boomer,” that explains it. The most thick headed and damaging generation to ever scourge the face of American history.

        • Tom Johnson

          William, I am a baby boomer, a Vietnam Veteran, a man of thought and a man who truly supports our United States Constitution, including any idiot’s right to speak their mind, I too feel certain that most of the Obamabots have awkened, we should simply have pity for people like Jack Everett, did you notice his Evolution of a Democrat on the other post he did?

          • J Alex Hart

            This one?

    • Tom Johnson

      Jack, your words seem to come from the left side of the room, not the right side of a normal brain, as typical of the Liberal Left, the belief in the First Amendment only goes for those who agree with your personal opinion. I am happy to allow you to state your personal opinion, but to insinuate that anyone who does not agree is being somehow un-American is showing not only intolerance, but arrogance similar to our current POTUS. So get a life and wake up to your own lack of common sense thinking. Not only Benghazi, but Yes, the other scandalous behavior of the fellow who is occupying the House of the People of the United States of America, nust be dealt with!

    • Joe Tokoph

      Your clueless Jack. Poor guy….. Id be a drinker like your photo above if I believed the dems were trying to be honest, they wouldn’t know honesty if it smacked them in the face. Dems are going to lose serious ground in November, better move to France Jack Everett. Your the type that wants to give America away.

    • Guitarro

      Four good Americans died at the hands of terrorists and the Obama adminitration lied and covered it up just to look good for the reelection. YOU NEED A GOOD SHEERING like any good sheep

      • Rex Stock

        Guitarro, like many cowards, hides behind an incomplete or inaccurate name… I notice a lot of the conservative crazy talk comes from those who don’t post who they are… They hide and truly are cowards.

  • William Fuzi

    The Dems will probably refuse to participate so they can claim it is totally political, and biased. Good make sure there is bad news about the administration every Monday until the election. I want to hear an update every Monday morning at 9:00am.

    • Joe Tokoph

      They are already calling for a boycott.

  • Tread7

    Excellent. How about them Apples Boy !!!

  • Clean the House

    There’s hope for this nation yet – go get ’em Trey!

  • Bill Martin

    That’s great news now we will get to the bottom of this mess.

  • KC614

    One thing Boehner did right. Gowdy is excellent.

    • James Runnels

      Now if they will only give Mr Gowdy the power to placr them under OATH and power to CHARGE them with their crimes

  • melfarmer

    Give them the power they need, otherwise, what’s the point….we have already seen the lack of giving a crap what powers the other committee has had in investigating this cover up! Give them the whole power of the law! Don’t tie their hands before they have even started!

  • Jane Sherry Gardner

    Best Congressman for the job. As an American citizen, I have every confidence in Trey Gowdy’s competence and ability to expose the truth about the Benghazi coverup.

  • Kim Themillersdaughter

    “It is unclear if the committee will have any power…” Nuff said. Another colossal waste of time and tax payer money. When THIS committee finds nothing, can we charge Boehner for obstructing the true business of Congress and present him with the bill? We still haven’t finished paying for Monicagate and Whitewater….both as wasteful as the new investigation.

    • seanachiejimk

      Thanks for the laughs! Spoken like a true Left wing Liberal. The Democrats and their Cowardly Leader, Obama; would love to have you on this Select Committee. You would fit right in!

  • Mick Bodine

    Obama and the Democrats will be having nightmares with this guy coming after them.

    • disqus_8oBVer75Lt

      They are not going to know what hit them. This guy is so highly-skilled and proficient in his work there is nobody in the Democrat party that will out-smart or fool him. He’s going to twists these liars into pretzels!

      I hope Trey Gowdy will become POTUS in 2016…or sooner, if possible! Trey Gowdy is what America NEEDS!

  • Nancy Ann

    Jack Everette.. did your mother drop you when you were a baby? Oh? She did?? And, did you land on your head???

    • Jack Everett

      Nancy answer the phone it’s the Stepford factory calling your upgrade is ready.

  • Marie

    This is good news…I like.

  • A_Government_of_Traitors

    I still feel that this should not save Boehner’s job. He should have started this a year ago when the White House thumbed its nose at Congress. Boehner, instead, chose to go play golf with Obama, and gave him another debt ceiling increase while Obama shirked sending a budget to Congress. Boehner is the right arm of the left wing.

    Go Gowdy, kick some b ut t.

    • Jack Everett

      The failure of your public education is showing again.

  • TBear

    He’s a great choice, he’ll get to the truth!

  • Mark Morris

    Have to agree with Carmen, Hang the Bastards! Then run for POTUS ! You have my vote!

  • Janie Johnson

    Trey is the best, he will rattle the liberals cage…

  • disqus_8oBVer75Lt

    I pray for the day Gowdy goes after the HOAs in America! Homeowners associations are destroying home ownership. They are so corrupt, the CAI and the property managers are just horrible, and these ignorant board members don’t even know they are being taken for a ride. But Gowdy is THE ONE GUY that could bring these despicable destroyers of life, health, happiness, and wealth down. 1 in 5 Americans lives inside of these horrible places. They are growing like weeds and very few people know what they are about. To buy into a HOA or condo association you are signing away your US Constitutional Rights, becoming business partners with every one of your neighbors in a non-profit corporation, and guaranteeing all debts of the HOA with your bank account.

    Please Trey Gowdy, please come to our rescue next!!!

    We can be found at neighborsatwar dot com

  • jferr

    can’t wait to see the battle between Isa and Gowdy that will be fun

  • BiggerFatterPolitics

    What The Media Is Not Reporting Click Here

    January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

    June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

    October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

    February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

    May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

    July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

    December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

    March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

    September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

    January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

    March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

    July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

    September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

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