Republican Steering Committee Chooses Trey Gowdy to Lead House Oversight

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The Republican Steering Committee has tapped Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Gowdy was the head of the House Benghazi investigation committee that grilled Hillary Clinton for hours.

Later this month, Gowdy, 52, is set to become chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he will lead official scrutiny of the Trump administration, including a budding investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. While the House and Senate intelligence committees have jurisdiction over Russia's meddling in the USA election, questions of obstruction and how Trump may have tried to influence the probe fall more into Oversight's purview, at least in the House. "That was not an accident", Connolly said.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) meant to use his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee to great effect in this Congress, right up until he chose to walk away from his job a year and a half early. Steve Russell, expressed an interest in being the panel's next gavel-holder.

"I am grateful to the steering committee and the conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve", Gowdy said in a statement this week. The committee's ranking member, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously went head-to-head with Gowdy as ranking member on the Benghazi panel.

Gowdy was widely expected to be picked for the role and has deep connections with both House leadership and conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus. "He has proven that he will always look out for taxpayers and seek answers from the bureaucracy".

"Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job", Chaffetz said.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor and state solicitor from Spartanburg, is used to navigating controversial and politically dicey waters.

Chaffetz touted Gowdy's credentials in a statement released shortly after the announcement. The statement made no mention of specific lines of inquiry.

In April, Chaffetz announced he would not seek a sixth term in 2018 and a month later, confirmed he would leave office early, on June 30, to take a job in the private sector believed to be with Fox News.

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