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Trey Gowdy chosen to chair Benghazi investigative committee; Dems threaten boycott

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A select committee will investigate the 2012 Benghazi Consulate attack, with U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., serving as its chairman, House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday.

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

Democrats  are already planning to boycott the committee. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.,told CNN the effort is political.

“If they [Republicans] want to have a substantive effort, it ought to be an equally balanced committee so this is not an exercise in partisanship,” Hoyer said. “But we’ll see whether that’s the case.”

In an interview with CNN, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, a senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the committee “a colossal waste of time.”

“I don’t think it makes sense really for Democrats to participate,” he said later on Fox News on Sunday. “I think it’s just a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources.”

Watch Gowdy on Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” via Fox News :

Watch also: Gowdy: I  have evidence I can’t disclose yet of a systematic intent to withhold documents from Congress



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