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By Alana Wise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assailed a leading committee chairman in Congress on Sunday for backing Marco Rubio, Trump’s rival for the party’s nomination.

Trump, the front-runner in the Republican race, needled Trey Gowdy for his role as chairman of the House of Representatives select committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed.

In October, Hillary Clinton, 68, front-runner for the Democratic nomination, calmly deflected committee criticism of her handling of the attack while she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

“In total (the committee) was not good for Republicans and the country. I mean beyond Republicans, it was bad for the country. I hope he does a whole lot better for Marco,” Trump, 69, said of Gowdy on Fox News’ Fox and Friends.

The conservative news site Townhall reported Gowdy’s planned endorsement, and an email from the Rubio campaign confirmed that Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, would travel with Rubio, 44, on the campaign trail on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Marco is a rock solid conservative and a strong leader we can trust. I look forward to campaigning in Iowa with him, and introducing my good friend to voters across the state,” Gowdy said in a statement.

A billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, Trump further needled Gowdy online, retweeting a number of messages critical of Gowdy and the committee.

“Face it, Trey Gowdy failed miserably on Benghazi. He allowed it to drag out and in the end, let Hillary get away with murder,” one user wrote.

Despite Trump’s critique, a Gowdy endorsement could boost Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida who trails Trump in most national opinion polls but has been on the rise ahead of the first contest for the nomination, scheduled for Iowa on Feb. 1.

Rubio pulls 8.5 percent Republican support behind Trump’s 39.3 percent, Ted Cruz’s 12.8 percent and Ben Carson’s 9.6 percent in a national rolling five-day Reuters/Ipsos survey issued on Dec. 24.

(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Howard Goller)

Photo: Committee Chairman, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) arrives before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to testify before his House Select Committee on Benghazi about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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7 Comments

  1. FireBaron December 28, 2015

    Once again, our professional School-yard Bully is harassing and insulting those he perceives as threats to him. I guess he believes if he insults them loudly enough to enough people that everyone will flock to his banner.

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  2. charleo1 December 28, 2015

    Trump is a hoot, is he not? Saying the investigation was good for the Party he hopes to lead. But, all in all, “Hurt the Country.” Because Goudy, and Issa before him, dragged out an investigation, that was launched by the Republican House Committee not with the goal of truth finding. But with the specific intent of dragging it out until Hillary Clinton ran for President. Even though that run was more than 3 years away! But, when you got nothing, you go with what you got, and in this case, call it something really, really big. Which reminds me a lot of Trump.

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  3. bobnstuff December 28, 2015

    If you don’t bow down to the Donald you are evil and he will attack you. Respect for others opinion is not part of who Trump is. He think the republican party should support him even though he attacks it at every turn.

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  4. yabbed December 28, 2015

    Trump is a nazi scoundrel and not fit to be President but,then, neither is Rubio. A man who can’t manage his own little credit card cannot be trusted with the US budget. 🙂

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  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 28, 2015

    Atta boy, Trump! You just keep on blasting away. Soon you will have blasted your way into the netherworld—maybe you can unseat Shaytaan himself and assume the mantle of leadership(there’s a diamond-encrusted pitchfork in the deal to add to your personal and lavish collection of stuff, you lucky rascal).

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  6. 1Zoe55 December 28, 2015

    It pains me to write this, but on Trump’s opinion that Gowdy failed in his investigation I agree. Trey Mushmouth Gowdy thought he was back in South Carolina prosecuting cases with an agenda toward proving guilt. Never mind that his committee’s purpose was to find the facts. This pinhead Gowdy believed he could browbeat and manipulate Clinton who proved to be tougher than he thought. All of his convictions in the great state of South Carolina should now be reviewed, because it was apparent that this man would manufacture and distort the evidence. Where was Gowdy after the 9-11 attacks with his probing questions of accountability to Bush and Cheney? Gowdy was in over his little ole head and I was happy to see his takedown.

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  7. chukka December 29, 2015

    Gowdy wasn’t chosen to “damage Hillary”, he was chosen to investigate & find out the truth. Mr. Trump is bashing Mr. Gowdy unfairly.

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