It has been a remarkable assent to power for Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, who represents upstate South Carolina. He first rose to prominence as the leader of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s criminal mishandling of the Benghazi tragedy, which ended up destroying her reputation so badly that she lost the election in 2016.
Since then, Gowdy has been accumulating considerable power on Capitol Hill, after having been tapped by President Donald Trump to be one of the leaders of his transition team. Now, after some unexpected shake-ups in Congress, Trey Gowdy learned that he is about to gain his most important position yet.
Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah is currently the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee in Congress, but he recently announced that he will not be seeking reelection to his seat due to family and health reasons.
This was a very surprising turn of events, since Chaffetz has been another rising star in Washington, D.C. His imminent departure is leaving a power vacuum, and has left Republicans scrambling to fill Chaffetz’s chairmanship.
Some are angling for Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan to take over the job, but he is part of the Freedom Caucus that has obstructed President Donald Trump’s agenda. Republicans have a better idea of who should be chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Reported Politico, “They’ve begun buttonholing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — the former chairman of the House Benghazi Committee and a dark-horse candidate for the Oversight post — to run, according to multiple House sources.” Do you think that Gowdy should be chairman?