JUST IN: Rep. Gowdy to Lead House Select Committee on Benghazi
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has been chosen to serve as chairman of a new House select committee tasked with investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor known for his aggressive style of questioning at congressional hearings, was named to lead the panel by House Speaker John Boehner.
"With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice," Boehner said. "Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come."
Boehner said Gowdy's courtroom background makes him the "ideal person" to lead the newly announced investigation.
Tune in to On the Record, tonight at 7p/2a ET for a live interview with Gowdy.
Last Friday night, Gowdy joined Greta to discuss the formation of the select committee. He said he's been calling for the select committee for months, saying the Ben Rhodes email points to a "White House cover-up."
Gowdy explained that the investigations of Benghazi by several different House committees has become "fragmented" and needed to be brought together. The select committee will have subpoena power and will be able to bring together a wide range of witnesses.
He said that the Rhodes email "was the straw that broke the camel's back" on convincing Boehner to call for a select committee.
"I have evidence that there was a systematic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress and we're just sick of it," said Gowdy, adding that he wants Secretary of State John Kerry to explain why the Rhodes email was not turned over a long time ago.
Watch the interview below: