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Trey Gowdy's Marco Rubio Backing Draws Out Trump

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By    |   Monday, 28 Dec 2015 08:50 AM

Donald Trump blasted Rep. Trey Gowdy for his conduct as chair of the committee investigating Hillary Clinton and the 2012 Benghazi attack one day after it was reported that the congressman would endorse Marco Rubio for president.

"His hearings were a disaster. Everybody was looking forward to something that was going to be really productive. And he didn't win with those hearings. It was a total not-good for Republicans and for the country," Trump said Sunday morning on "Fox & Friends," according to Business Insider.

"I mean, beyond Republicans it was very bad for the country," he continued. "So I hope he does a lot better for Marco than he did for the Benghazi hearings. Because they were not good. That was not a pretty picture."

As part of a sweeping probe into the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks, Gowdy famously led a bipartisan panel that interrogated Clinton, Obama's former Secretary of State, for 11 hours. Emails made public during the hearing showed that Clinton told several people early on that the attacks were conducted by terrorists, but told the public and victim's families that the attacks were the result of a protest over a YouTube video.

Critics of Clinton said she likely downplayed the terror threat so that it would not hurt Obama's re-election campaign.

Rumors of Gowdy's endorsement were confirmed by Townhall reporter Guy Benson on Saturday. Bloomberg Politics subsequently confirmed that the endorsement will be announced on Tuesday. 

"Marco is a rock solid conservative and a strong leader we can trust. I look forward to campaigning in Iowa with him, and introducing my good friend to voters across the state," Gowdy said.

Rubio, the junior U.S. Senator for Florida, trails both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Iowa, the first primary state, and trails Donald Trump in New Hampshire, the second primary state.

Securing an endorsement from Gowdy could help lift Rubio in Gowdy's home state of South Carolina, the third primary state. Gowdy is popular with a large segment of the Republican base, and many called for him to run for Speaker of the House when John Boehner stepped down this fall.

According to CNN, Gowdy introduced Rubio at several campaign events in South Carolina last weekend. He will campaign with Rubio in Iowa this week, the campaign confirmed.

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