Republican Trey Gowdy was unbridled when he questioned a law professor from the University of Baltimore during a Wednesday House hearing. Exposing the absurdity of a special council apparently required to investigate the IRS scandal, Gowdy made it clear he was not in the mood for games.
Professor Charles Tiefer was brought in by Democrats as an expert to help determine whether the House Judiciary Committee should appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. Tiefer, who previously served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, was also recently asked by Democrats to provide a statement on House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama, which he called an “embarrassing loser.”
The interview began at a slow pace.
“Professor Tiefer, would you seat a juror who referred to your client as an obscene body part?” Gowdy asked, referring to ex-IRS official Lois Lerner emails.
It took nearly five whole seconds for Tiefer to respond with, “I’m sorry?”
“Would you seat a juror, in a trial, who referred to your client as an obscene body part?” Gowdy repeated.
Tiefer began to respond by saying, “I really have trouble to giving you an answer except that—“
“Well, then you would starve to death as a lawyer if you can’t answer that question, professor,” Gowdy interrupted. “You would seriously consider seating a juror in a trial, a criminal trial, where your client was accused of a crime, if that juror had referred to your client as an obscene body part, you would struggle with whether or not to strike that juror?”
“Well, it doesn’t sound too good,” the professor replied.
“No, it’s not,” Gowdy stated. “And I’ll give you some free litigation advice: You’ll want to use one of your strikes on that juror.”
Gowdy then asked the professor to imagine that he was a prosecutor and one of the jurors referred to the police as “terrorists” who might bring the country down. When asked if he would seat that juror, Tiefer said he didn’t see the connection between Gowdy’s line of questioning and the investigation into the IRS scandal.
“I’ll give you the connection!” Gowdy proclaimed. “Lois Lerner just referred to conservatives as an obscene body part and she said we were ‘crazies’ and likened us to terrorists!”
At this point, a Georgia congressman attempted to interrupt, but Gowdy was having none of it.
“You are not recognized!” he shouted, refusing to yield any time to his colleague.
The South Carolina Rep. did not stop there. He continued to explain the clear conflict of interest between the IRS investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice and why a special counsel is required for an independent review.
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