The Republicans have a new star emerging out of the Benghazi scandal and cover-up. Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Friday he has uncovered evidence that shows a "systematic, intentional" effort by the Obama administration to keep requested documents on the Benghazi affair from investigating congressmen.
The attacks killed four Americans including our ambassador, Chris Stevens. Gowdy said, "I have evidence that, not only are they hiding it, there's an intent to hide it. Speaking on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox news show, “On the record,” the South Carolina Republicans added, "I can't disclose that evidence yet, but I have evidence that there was a systematic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress, and we're just sick of it."
Rep. Gowdy has been a shining light as an aggressive and articulate spokesman for the GOP House. His sincere outrage has been the catalyst to the pursuit of the truth on the tragedy September 11, 2012. There are some whispers in Washington about the young lawmaker being on the 2016 GOP presidential ticket as vice president.
There is little doubt that Speaker John Boehner will appoint the firebrand to the select committee to investigate Benghazi. Gowdy will not shy from asking the deep and sometimes embarrassing questions of his witnesses.
The House will vote on a resolution to establish the panel next week. There is little doubt it will pass on a party vote.
So who is Trey Gowdy? He is a 49-year-old former prosecutor who is in his second House term. In his authoritative voice he accused the White House of a cover-up shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry questioned being subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Another firebrand in the GOP, California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, wants Kerry to explain why the panel did not receive a 2012 email showing Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes counseling former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to link the Benghazi attacks to an anti-Muslim video. Kerry reacted like someone was pulling out his teeth. Why?
Kerry had previously pledged to cooperate with congressional investigations of the attacks. Gowdy said, "He said a year ago, with respect to Benghazi, 'If you have any trouble getting information, let me know,'" he told Van Susteren. "Well, Mr. Secretary, we're going to let you know that we're not getting the information. We're going to get him to come and explain why we're getting documents 20 months late."
In Gowdy’s opinion, the Rhodes memo unearthed this week by Judicial Watch,using the Freedom of Information Act, is the "straw that broke the camel's back." It also convinced Speaker Boehner to convene a select committee.
The committee will combine all previous investigating committees into one “super” committee with subpoena power. Gowdy said, "Not only are we trying to get answers with respect to Benghazi, we're also now investigating what appears to be a White House cover-up in one of the worst explanations for why they didn't turn the documents over. I think the speaker just finally lost his patience. I'm glad he did what he did."
The committee will cross jurisdictional boundaries. As to all the previous investigative committees, Gowdy said, "Our chairmen have done the best job they can do, but you have a tendency to stick within your own bailiwick — and we need somebody to cross all lines," he added. "We need to have those lines disappear, quite frankly."
Van Sustern asked the South Carolina Republican if he’ll be on the select committee. “The speaker will decide whether he thinks an old, washed-up prosecutor from South Carolina is good or not, but I'm going to help the committee — regardless of whatever position, if any, I have," Gowdy said.
As the sun comes up tomorrow morning, bet that John Boehner will put this rising star into the headlines and the committee.
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