GOP leader taps Rep. Gowdy to head Benghazi panel


By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP/WCIV) - House Speaker John Boehner has tapped South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to head a special committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Boehner made the announcement in a statement on Monday. Boehner called the two-term congressman - who is a former prosecutor - dogged and focused. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of covering up the details and stonewalling Congress on the facts for political purposes. Democrats have pointed to the multiple investigations, including a bipartisan Senate Intelligence committee probe, and insist that the GOP plans for a select committee is merely designed to energize the GOP base ahead of midterm elections."Trey Gowdy is the most capable person in the entire Congress to lead the Select Committee," Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement Monday. "He's a former prosecutor who is well-respected by his colleagues, tenacious in his approach to his duties, and fair-minded about his responsibilities. Trey is the right person at the right time." Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ABC News 4 contributed to this report.