How This Man Is Reshaping The 2016 Presidential Election

No other Republican can match the role Trey Gowdy is playing in shaping the Democratic presidential race.

As the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, his investigation is altering the public's perception of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state just as voters prepare to cast their ballots in next year's primaries. The House formed Gowdy's committee in 2014 to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The revelation of Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email address and private server(s) as secretary of state originated from Gowdy's investigation. Now the FBI and inspectors general of multiple executive branch agencies have launched their own inquiries.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Gowdy eschewed recognition for anything other than his own investigation.

Republican strategists hope his committee's cross-examination of Clinton will produce a moment that helps define Clinton's campaign.

"Depending on what Trey Gowdy and company do when she appears in October, one thing that might be a powerful image here is a spectacle of her becoming a witness in a House hearing," said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, a veteran of the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign. "And that will continue to likely cast a cloud over her campaign and as such you will continue to hear [Vice President Joe] Biden chatter."

Read more from Ryan Lovelace at The Washington Examiner

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