In what some may see as an encouraging sign of intelligence being ushered in by the incoming Trump administration, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy has been named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The South Carolina Republican, popular with the conservative wing of the GOP, was chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi and will now be tasked with the oversight of the United States intelligence community in his new committee.
Rep. Trey Gowdy joins intelligence committee https://t.co/1mPUzBS7aP
— The Greenville News (@GreenvilleNews) January 13, 2017
“Protecting the safety and security of our fellow citizens is the preeminent function of government,” Gowdy said in a statement, according to The Greenville News. “When it comes to our national security, we cannot afford to take risks.
“The House Intelligence Committee plays a vital role in protecting Americans both at home and abroad through conducting thorough oversight of our nation’s intelligence agencies.”
The newspaper noted that Gowdy will continue to serve on three other committees: ethics, oversight and government reform and judiciary.
A scan of social media suggests the lawmaker’s inclusion on the House Intelligence Committee is popular with the folks.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Dr Robert L English (@drbobe) January 13, 2017
— Mell Gibsom (@mellgibsom) January 13, 2017
— In the Basket (@Psc725) January 13, 2017