Rep. Trey Gowdy is expected to become the next Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) when he leaves Congress late next month, according to multiple senior House Republicans and other sources.
Gowdy, who led the Republican investigation into the Benghazi terror attacks, has started buttonholing members of the House Steering Committee in recent days to build support. Five members of that panel, which decides committee assignments, told POLITICO that Gowdy would easily win a race for the high-profile position.
If he does clinch the chairmanship, Gowdy would oversee a sensitive investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured the FBI to drop a federal investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, previously was chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Rachael Bade at Politico reports that Steering Committee member Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who intends to nominate Gowdy for the post said, “Trey is more than qualified to be the next chairman of Oversight. He has a lot of support from our conference, and given the responsibilities that come with the position, and his past pedigree [as a prosecutor], he’s perfect for the job.”
A spokeswoman for Gowdy would not confirm his bid for the gavel.
“Rep. Gowdy is talking to members in the conference about the qualities they believe are most important for the next chairman to possess,” she said in a statement.
This should be interesting.