Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform, said he thinks Rep. Trey Gowdy has done a "wonderful job" leading the investigation into Benghazi.

"Trey Gowdy is first class," Chaffetz told the Washington Examiner in an interview Thursday. "He runs a professional organization."

The Utah Republican acknowledged the fact that tensions on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which Gowdy chairs, have reached a boiling point.

"Sometimes there's more flailing and demonstrable exercised waving of the arms when Democrats don't have much material to work with," Chaffetz said. "It's just intended, I think, in the Benghazi committee, to be a bit of a distraction from the actual truth and facts. That's my own personal opinion."

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His comments came midway through a contentious hearing with Hillary Clinton Thursday, during which Gowdy and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee's top Democrat, clashed over how to conduct the panel's interview.

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