House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is expected to resign from Congress next month and, according to Politico, former Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy will take his place.
Gowdy, who chaired the House Select Committee on Benghazi, 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 job should another member challenge him.
You all know Gowdy's history. His years-long investigation of the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi morphed into Emailghazi and ultimately revealed nothing that we didn't already know, but it did pave the way for Trump's electoral victory.
The committee under Gowdy's leadership selectively leaked partial and misleading transcripts to the media on multiple occasions, creating the illusion that they were uncovering new and possiblly damning information, but the committee's official report entered nothing new into the record.
Beyond the existence of unparalleled partisanship, the behavior of Jason Chaffetz and Trey Gowdy, and previous Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, is a leading reason why it's a struggle to exercise proper oversight today and will be for the foreseeable future even after Trump is gone and Democrats eventually retake control of Congress. There's very little public confidence in the process and it may take a generation to restore it.