BREAKING: Trey Gowdy Just Got AMAZING News From Trump Admin.- Check Out What His New Job Will Be

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has officially been assigned as a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence in the new Congress as investigations into the role of Russia in cyber-attacks against America gets ramped up.

The former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi has been assigned as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Protecting the safety and security of our fellow citizens is the preeminent function of government,” Gowdy said in a prepared statement. “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,” he said.

“I look forward to joining the House Intelligence Committee and working with Chairman Nunes and my colleagues to ensure national security remains the top priority in the 115th Congress.”

Gowdy Tweeted: “Looking forward to joining the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Full statement here →”

Gowdy chaired the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which conducted the investigating into the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that led to the death of four Americans.

Jack Davis at Western Journalism reports that Chairman Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the committee, has cast doubt on contentions that Russian hacking was designed to sway the 2016 presidential election.

“We’ve known that Russia is a very sophisticated bad actor in the cyber realm. Many members of Congress, not just members of the House Intelligence Committee, have been warning the Obama administration about Russia’s continued cyber attacks on this country, and they did nothing,” he said recently.

“And so, now, as you look forward, you know, they lose an election, and then it appears like they want to change this narrative into somehow that Russia was responsible for Hillary Clinton losing the election. And I just don’t buy that,” he said.

Although Nunes has sought to stay out of the controversy over a dossier about President-elect Donald Trump allegedly compiled by Russia, he said Russian actions to smear American leaders “should not be a surprise to anyone.”

“The Russians are always looking for dirt on any politician,” Nunes said. “That wouldn’t be news.”

Asked about contacts between the Trump team and Russia, he said, “No. I found that hard to believe. I have not heard that. News to me.”

(h/t Washington Examiner)

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