President Obama and Hillary Clinton were breathing sighs of relief.

They thought their chief nemesis in Congress, South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, was out of their hair forever.

Rumors had been swirling around the Capitol that the Chair of the Benghazi Select Committee was retiring from Congress.

Trey Gowdy put those rumors to rest when he shocked political observers by filing paperwork to run for re-election.

Gowdy was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010.

It was then that he defeated liberal Republican incumbent, Bob Inglis, in one of the earliest warning shots the grassroots fired across the bow of the establishment.

Inglis betrayed the grassroots with his support for Barack Obama’s radical cap and trade scheme and was one of eight Republicans to vote for the so-called “DREAM” Act, which granted amnesty to illegal immigrants under the age of 16 who snuck across our borders.

Inglis also voted for the $800 billion TARP bailout scheme in the fall of 2008.

His vote to redistribute money from taxpayers to banks in bed with the government — those who doled out irresponsible mortgages that nearly tanked our economy — was a stab in the back to free market and limited government conservatives.

When Gowdy routed Inglis 71-29 in a Republican primary runoff in June of 2010, the grassroots movement that came to be known as the Tea Party had claimed one of its first scalps.

Once in Congress, Gowdy established himself as an articulate critic of the Obama regime who also had a knack for creating viral moments.

It was Gowdy who argued that Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she read an opening statement before Congress while testifying about her oversight of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups for political harassment.

Because Gowdy forcefully argued his case, the House of Representatives eventually held Lerner in contempt of Congress.

But it was as Chair the Benghazi Select Committee that Gowdy made his biggest mark.

It was during the work of that committee that Hillary Clinton’s secret email server was discovered.

That scandal has dogged Clinton’s  presidential campaign since the moment Gowdy’s committee brought it to light.

As Chair of the Benghazi Select Committee, Gowdy uncovered the lies Hillary and Obama spewed about the events during the attack, such as Hillary’s testimony that the Obama regime issued no stand down orders to prevent U.S. military assets from intervening during the terrorist attacks on our consulate.

The Daily Caller reported on one of Gowdy’s dramatic interviews:

Gowdy also previewed an interview he was set to have Wednesday with Jeremy Bash, who served as Chief of Staff at the Defense Department during the Benghazi attacks.

Bash authored an email in the midst of the attacks stating that military assets were in place “that could move into Benghazi.”

“They are up spinning as we speak,” Bash wrote.

Because of Gowdy’s work as Chair of the Benghazi Committee, Americans are not only one step closer to learning the truth about the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of four Americans, but also unearthing details of Hillary’s scheme to hide her government emails from the public.

By announcing he is running for re-election, Gowdy is sure to continue to dig for the truth in his Benghazi investigation — and sure to uncover more dishonesty by Obama and Hillary .