A few weeks ago, we reported that Rep. Trey Gowdy was the most likely pick to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz as chair of the House Oversight Committee, and today it’s official.
Townhall reports that Gowdy has been nominated, and the formality of finalizing his nomination with a House Republican Conference vote will take place on Tuesday.
“Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job. He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth. Under his capable leadership, the Committee will continue to work towards ensuring effectiveness and efficiency throughout the federal government. As his friend and colleague, I have every confidence in his abilities moving forward,” Chaffetz released in a statement. “The steering committee was fortunate to have two good options. I congratulate Steve Russell for throwing his hat in the ring. He has loyally served this country first in the U.S. Army, and now in his current capacity representing the people of Oklahoma. I have high expectations of the contributions he can make going forward.”
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as Chairman of this historic Committee. I look forward to working with Chairman-elect Gowdy to ensure a smooth transition of the gavel,” he continued.
The retiring Chaffetz’s last day in Congress will be June 30.
A former federal prosecutor, Gowdy is popular in conservative circles for video clips of his cross-examinations of Obama administration officials during committee hearings. He also supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio against Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, so while he’s a Republican, he’s not a Trump apologist.
Gowdy’s background is well suited to the Oversight Committee, though impartiality and an analytic bent will be only half of the chairman’s job. While he will have to investigate any and all areas of genuine suspicion, he will also need to be able to ignore and resist Democrat screams to begin witch hunts over fake scandals that serve no purpose other than to distract from Congress and the president’s real business.
Do you think Trey Gowdy is the man for the job?