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Authorities investigating email threats against GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy

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On Monday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., was tapped to head a select committee on Benghazi. On Tuesday, Politico reported that the U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails targeting the South Carolina Republican.

According to Politico, the threats came after reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails saying Gowdy would be harmed because of the investigation. Capitol Police would not comment on the scope of the investigation, Politico added, but “an active, open investigation" is underway, according to Officer Shennell Antrobus.

It's not the first time Gowdy has faced threats, Politico added. Lauren French said a woman with a gun approached Gowdy while he was sitting in his car in Spartanburg. That incident took place in 2012.

In October 2009, Jermaine Nelson, an inmate from the McCormick Correctional Institution, sent messages threatening Gowdy, who was serving as the district attorney for the South Carolina's Seventh Circuit. Nelson pled guilty to sending the messages in July 2010.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Gowdy is "as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come." He also said Gowdy's background as a prosecutor makes him the ideal choice to lead the investigation.

"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 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."

Gowdy is also well-liked and respected among grassroots conservatives who appreciate his "take no prisoners" style when dealing with liberals. In June 2012, for example, he minced no words when he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "mind-numbingly stupid" and suggested she visit a doctor.

He has also been highly critical of the administration's handling of various scandals like Benghazi and Fast and Furious. In March, he slammed President Obama and demanded that laws passed by Congress be faithfully executed.

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