Chaffetz Defends Gowdy

In a Washington Examiner interview, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz explains why he thinks Rep. Trey Gowdy has done a “wonderful job” chairing the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Reports Sarah Westwood:

“Trey Gowdy is first class,” Chaffetz told the Washington Examiner in an interview Thursday. “He runs a professional organization.”


The Utah Republican acknowledged the fact that tensions on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which Gowdy chairs, have reached a boiling point.


“Sometimes there’s more flailing and demonstrable exercised waving of the arms when Democrats don’t have much material to work with,” Chaffetz said. “It’s just intended, I think, in the Benghazi committee, to be a bit of a distraction from the actual truth and facts. That’s my own personal opinion.”


His comments came midway through a contentious hearing with Hillary Clinton Thursday, during which Gowdy and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee’s top Democrat, clashed over how to conduct the panel’s interview.


“There’s nobody better than Trey Gowdy,” Chaffetz said. “I know they’re going to try to tear him apart, criticize this or that.”


The hearing was widely seen as a victory for Clinton, who skated through hours of questions without stumbling.


But the select committee’s work will continue, with Democrats opting Friday to remain on the panel despite their objections.