SC Rep. Trey Gowdy tapped for House oversight chairman

SC Rep. Trey Gowdy tapped for House oversight chairman

SC Rep. Trey Gowdy tapped for House oversight chairman

Trump also accused Gowdy of being soft on Hillary Clinton over her use of an unauthorized email server.

Although Democrats have blasted Gowdy for his perceived hyper-partisan leadership of the Benghazi Committee, the Spartanburg representative has been both a Trump supporter and a critic, although he has more often favored the president's actions than opposed.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, has been tapped to replace current chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who will step down from his House seat on June 30.

Trey Gowdy has been selected Thursday to be the next chairman of the House oversight committee, the powerful entity charged with providing oversight over the White House and administration.

Democrats are not convinced.

The House Steering Committee picked Gowdy today; the selection is expected to be ratified by the House Republican Conference next week. Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, is known for chairing the House Benghazi investigation and has also been a leading member of the Intelligence Committee's probe of Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.

On May 13, several House GOP aides disclosed that Chaffetz was planning to enter the field of punditry on Fox News. "Trey has my absolute confidence, and I know he will do an outstanding job", Ryan said.

NBC News producer Alex Moe tweeted Gowdy's statement on Thursday after the steering committee elected him to serve in the position.

Gowdy is already familiar with the questions over Trump's Russia ties due to his seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has conducted a probe of its own since allegations of Russian efforts to influence the presidential election surfaced late previous year.

Said U.S. rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, "Trey is. the right person for the job if ever there was one".

While the oversight panel regularly took on IT issues under Chaffetz's watch, Gowdy doesn't have a lengthy record on federal tech.

Having said that, whenever Gowdy's name has been raised in connection with next-level opportunities - like a possible seat on the USA fourth circuit court of appeals or a possible appointment as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - we have supported him.

The oversight committee will be in charge of investigating the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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