Gowdy complains about Pentagon response on Benghazi

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

No one knows exactly who President Donald Trump will pick to replace the now-ousted FBI Director James Comey, but one name keeps coming up for the job: Trey Gowdy.

The Republican congressman from South Carolina has not made any public statements yet about whether or not he's even interested in what he described yesterday as "a very difficult job," but he's already got some support — and from an unexpected source, at that.

Bakari Sellers, a former Democratic state representative and current CNN commentator, threw political caution to the wind Wednesday when he tweeted that Gowdy would be the best person for the now-vacant job.

"Dems are going to hate me for this. I don't care. The best replacement for Comey is Trey Gowdy," Sellers tweeted. "He's as honest as day is long."

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, rose to political prominence for his leadership on the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The panel was tasked with investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's actions surrounding the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.

Along with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Gowdy is one several people who were tapped to be on Trump's transition team in November.

This isn't the first time Sellers has made a political prophecy about Gowdy.

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After John Boehner left his post as Speaker of the House in 2015, Sellers tweeted, "Trey Gowdy is a dark horse for Speaker. Caveat being if he wants it."

That job would go to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Whoever is tapped to be the next FBI director must be appointed by Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.