Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOur sad reality: Donald Trump is no Eisenhower GOP takes aim at Comey, Brennan House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House select committee on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says the panel's work should be done by the end of 2015, according to a report.

"Assuming cooperation from agencies, witnesses and the administration," Gowdy told The New York Times, the committee should have concluded its investigation before 2016.


The timeline is relevant because Democrats say the committee is looking to tarnish Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE, who was secretary of State during the attacks, and the closer the investigation gets to the presidential election, the more damage it could do. 

The Benghazi committee made headlines in May, when it was created but has been quiet since then. It is set to hold its first public hearing in September, though Gowdy has said he is not looking for the spotlight. 

“If you want to get on the news, then go rob a bank,” Gowdy told ABC News earlier this month. 

Gowdy also said that he is getting along well with the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question House Oversight Committee to vote on authorizing subpoena for Kellyanne Conway MORE (Md.). 

“I know folks hate the fact that Mr. Cummings and I aren’t fighting — aren’t at each other’s throats,” Gowdy said. “But I like Mr. Cummings, and we’re doing fantastic. We’re just doing most of it privately as opposed to publicly.”

Cummings told the Times that he thinks the investigation should not drag on. 

“The question now is what is left to investigate, and I do not think we need until 2016 to answer it,” Cummings said.