Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
The decision comes in response to the release of an email this week that appears to confirm that the White House manipulated its response to the attack. Some lawmakers are calling the email a “smoking gun” that exposes a cover up of the truth.
“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner said, according to a statement. “It’s time that change.”
With the news of a select committee making the rounds, there is already much speculation on who Boehner will pick to lead it, with U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a former prosecutor, the odds on favorite.
Gowdy spoke with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Friday evening and shared his thoughts on who should be on the committee, naming U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as good choices.
Referring to himself as a “washed up prosecutor,” Gowdy said he will serve as a “summer intern” on the committee, if that’s what it takes to get to the truth.
The full interview with Susteren can be seen here:
Twitter users wasted no time in speculating that Gowdy will be the choice, and based on the comments, a popular choice.
Twitchy captured some of the tweets, including one from a fellow Republican lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, from Indiana:
Appointing @TGowdySC to chair a special investigation on Benghazi is the congressional equivalent to unleashing the Kraken.
— Scott English (@scott_english) May 2, 2014
— FredZeppelin (@FredZeppelin12) May 2, 2014
— Daniel Hampton (@danhamptonusa) May 2, 2014
Trey Gowdy is going to hulk smash Loki, I mean John Kerry, Lord of fools…
— Justen Charters (@JustenCharters) May 2, 2014