All eyes are on South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, poised to become the new chairman of the House Oversight committee with a Russia investigation barreling his way, Politico reported.
Gowdy seems to be the likely successor to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as Oversight chair; Chaffetz announced he's leaving Congress early — June 30 — after first declaring he would not seek reelection in 2018.
It also would pit Gowdy against ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings, with whom he sparred publicly when the two ran the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Based on the results of that probe, Gowdy's reputation is splintered, Politico reported:
Gowdy catches heat from Democrats for running what they call partisan investigations, while also being criticzed by Republicans for not being hard enough on Hillary Clinton, then coming under fire from the White House for not being loyal enough.
For one, Gowdy supported Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican primary and returned $5K from a pro-Trump super PAC in his reelection run last year, Politico reported.
"As long as Democrats get the sense that he's interested in true investigation and analysis rather than partisan collaboration with the administration, then we have a good pathway forward," Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin told Politico.
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