Boehner names Trey Gowdy chairman of Benghazi select committee

posted at 2:41 pm on May 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

He’s got fifteen years of prosecutorial experience at both the federal and state levels. (Fun fact: I was watching an old episode of “Forensic Files” on HLN a week or two ago and who popped up onscreen but a young, dark-haired Trey Gowdy, discussing a murder case he’d won in South Carolina.) He’s also been out in front of the caucus in accusing the White House of Benghazi cover-ups: He’s the man who claimed last summer that they’d been giving CIA agents linked to the incident new identities to hide them from House investigators, and he told Greta Van Susteren just a few days ago that he has evidence that the White House is deliberately withholding documents related to the attack.

Boehner’s statement:

“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice. 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. 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.”

Smart politics twice over. Part of the reason Boehner agreed to the select committee was to unify the party ahead of the midterms; after Ben Rhodes’s e-mail became public, refusing to form a committee would have been another flashpoint between the party establishment and the grassroots to go along with amnesty and increasingly tepid opposition to ObamaCare. It stands to reason that if you’re going to do something to placate your base, you might as well choose a conservative in good standing for chairman too. If he’d appointed a centrist and the committee came up with nothing, righties would have accused him of a whitewash. They can’t do that with Gowdy in charge, and if Gowdy comes up with nothing too, then Boehner can distance himself from it by saying it was largely a tea-party production all along.

The other reason it’s smart politics is that not only is Gowdy a respected prosecutor, he’s consistently one of the most dynamic members at House hearings. (You’ve watched enough clips of him on this site to know that.) Boehner doesn’t know what he’s going to get by way of evidence but he will insist on some political payoff from this ahead of the midterms, and Gowdy’s just the guy to deliver that. You want clips of John Kerry or Hillary Clinton sweating under a tough cross-examination to dominate the day’s news cycle on cable? He’ll do that for you better than virtually anyone else.

One question, though. Will Democrats participate in the committee? Here’s Adam Schiff telling Chris Wallace yesterday on FNS that he thinks the party should boycott. I hate to admit it but that’s sound strategy. They’re taking a risk in doing it: If the GOP turns up compelling evidence of Obama’s or Hillary’s negligence on the night of the attack, the fact that Democrats refused to take part in the investigation will make them look complicit in the cover-up and whitewash. If the GOP doesn’t turn up something compelling, though, the boycott will make it easier for Democrats to argue that it was a kangaroo court all along that the public should either pay no attention to or actively punish Republicans for organizing. In fact, Dems can cite their boycott as a reason for the public to downplay or ignore any evidence that Gowdy does uncover. E.g., “We knew Republicans would be grossly unfair to the administration and blow their findings out of all proportion. That’s why we didn’t participate.” It’s a way to delegitimize the effort, which is the whole ballgame for them right now.


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This has elements of hands overplaying written all over it.

It won’t end well.

Dave’s Still Not Here on May 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

You’re 5 hours and 10 minutes late. Second Shift started at 3:00 PM.

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

For those who missed it, Gowdy was on Greta’s show and delivered a brilliant argument for the necessity for the committee to expose all the facts about Benghazi and let the people make their own judgments.

Gowdy made a formidable (if not explicit) rebuttal of George Will’s position that the committee can’t accomplish anything because it will be portrayed as politically motivated, particularly if Democrats adopt the “fleebagging” tactic.

The facts will speak for themselves. The only failure will be if Congress permits Obama and his tools to hide them from the people.

novaculus on May 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Thanks for the info. I will try to catch him on the rerun tonight.

INC on May 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I hate to admit it but that’s sound strategy.

Set up the empty committee chairs with pictures of our four dead embassy representatives in front of them and see how long the DemocRATs like those strategery optics. And, BTW, every committee meeting should start with a moment of silence, too – you know, just so everyone knows which side doesn’t think the committee’s work is important.

Knott Buyinit on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I am very happy with the selection of Gowdy. I hope.the Republicans are as skillful with the rest of their choices. They don’t need anybody looking for fans or to advance their own fortunes. As they say in sports…let the game come to them. The facts will bury Obama.

Coltrane on May 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

t up the empty committee chairs with pictures of our four dead embassy representatives in front of them and see how long the DemocRATs like those strategery optics. And, BTW, every committee meeting should start with a moment of silence, too –you know, just so everyone knows which side doesn’t think the committee’s work is important. Knott Buyinit on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Throw in a picture of Dover AFB. 4 hearses, with hillary, biden, and barky.

Tie them to caskets.

What are they going to do? They are the ones that made it a photo-op.

wolly4321 on May 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

wolly4321 on May 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

That’s some pretty nifty work with tags, right there.

Splashman on May 5, 2014 at 11:04 PM

This has the feel of concern trolling. Are you suggesting that we shouldn’t even bother with the select committee? Gowdy is the real deal on following the evidence.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

No, I am saying you conservatives are some of the most gullible political neophytes to ever play the game. Last week all of you wanted to put Boehner before the firing squad, with good reason, and now you want to crown him the next Reagan.

Boehner hates you…all of you. Nothing he does is for the good of conservatives.

The media will at least bury it, at worst bury Gowdy. You don’t influence the low information voting public then it was all a waste of time.

ClassicCon on May 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Set up the empty committee chairs with pictures of our four dead embassy representatives in front of them and see how long the DemocRATs like those strategery optics. And, BTW, every committee meeting should start with a moment of silence, too – you know, just so everyone knows which side doesn’t think the committee’s work is important.

Knott Buyinit on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

And set your DVR to record it at 3:00 AM on CSPAN as the only place on television you would ever see it.

ClassicCon on May 5, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Sic em,

Republican Yogi on May 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just been lurking for a long long time, keeping up with the madness. Followed your link and found some really good music there.

As for Trey, like you said, “Sic em.”

Gang-of-One on May 6, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Regardless of what the Dems do, it’s time to abide by our Constitution and rule of law!

Representative Gowdy, aside from your document examination – and how each one was classified and then declassified (pity the poor person who actually provided the Rhodes email), provided or not, in their effort at cover up, please also focus on witness testimony.

I’d like to hear from Hillary, Rice, Jarrett, Patreaus, the African area commander who was deep sixed, CIA brass, the witnesses (CIA or not) who were there that night, and Every Single Person who was in the Situation Room throughout the attack and anyone who met with/spoke to O that day/night. .

Delve into what we were doing in Libya and Benghazi that day/night.

Were we arming our enemies? If so, who did the ordering?

Who gave the stand down order?

Who originated the video BS? Who framed and set up the political prisoner/fall guy?

Expose all collaborators with the Muslim Brotherhood and militant Islam in this Administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE HOW???

Treason – and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors, among a plethora of other crimes spring to mind.

Treason
Obstruction of Justice
Conspiracy
Dereliction of Duty
Other High Crimes & Misdemeanors

Restore the rule of law, Sir!

Opinionator on May 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Opinionator on May 6, 2014 at 3:11 AM

You go Trey Gowdy, you have many out here standing right behind you. Many blessings to you.

helenvt on May 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I think Gowdy is the right man for the job. He is an articulate bulldog of a man. I really like him.
Maybe because he is Southern the Democrats & the WH will underestimate him.

thegreatbeast on May 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Nothing will come from this. Trey Gowdy may “head” this, but Boehner calls the shots

Brock Robamney on May 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

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