Benghazi panel hires media director

The House Select Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks on Tuesday hired a communications director as members are scheduled to return from their August recess next week. 

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Republicans, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), brought on Jamal Ware as communications director for the majority. Gowdy's communication director, Amanda Duvall, will continue to handle media through the congressman's personal office. 

The hiring of a press person exclusive to the committee might signal it is ready to become more publicly visible after remaining largely out of the headlines for the past few months. 

The first committee hearing will come later this month, Gowdy previously said. But much of the review about the events surrounding the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, will take place behind closed doors. 

Gowdy has continuously said he does not want the process to turn into a political "circus." 

Ware has held various communications positions in the intelligence community. He previously worked as a communications consultant for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as communications director for the House Intelligence Committee. 

He has also worked on the Senate Intelligence Committee and as communications director for former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.). 

 

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