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DiGenova: Gowdy, Goodlatte 'Two of the Most Ineffective, Feckless, Stupid Overseers' in Congressional History

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | December 6, 2018 | 1:56 PM EST

Legal analyst and former
federal prosecutor Joe
diGenova. (YouTube)

The decision by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to haul former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in to testify two weeks before Christmas -- in a lame duck Congress, about Hillary Clinton's email server and alleged Russia-Trump collusion -- is an "embarrassment to all Republicans who believe in legitimate oversight," said attorney and former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova. 

“This is all a show by Gowdy and Goodlatte, two of the most ineffective, feckless, stupid overseers in the history of Congress," said diGenova, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. "This is as bad as it gets for Republicans.... Just watching Gowdy on television, I want to slap him across the face."

Both Goodlatte and Gowdy are resigning from Congress, whose term ends on Jan. 3, 2019. Goodlatte has served in the House for 13 terms (26 years). Gowdy has been a House member for 4 terms (8 years). 

In a Nov. 26 interview on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall, co-host Mary Walter asked diGenova about the last-minute subpoenas issued to Comey and Lynch and the benefits and drawbacks of having Comey testify in public or behind closed doors. (Comey is scheduled to testify in closed session on Friday, Dec. 7)

DiGenova said, "This is an embarrassment by Gowdy and Goodlatte, to stand up and pound their chest on television claiming they’re going to get to the bottom of this. Both of them, both of them are an embarrassment to the concept of oversight."

"To issue a subpoena at this 11th hour? It’s 11:59 by the way [a lame duck Congress], it’s not just the 11th hour," he said. “I mean, this is an embarrassment to all Republicans who believe in legitimate oversight."

"Trey Gowdy punted on Benghazi, took a dive," said deGenova. "Goodlatte, all of a sudden he’s Mister Tough Guy. He’s Harvey Milquetoast, for heaven’s sake."

"These people have done severe damage to the concept of oversight, and I can assure that when [Democrats] Elijah Cummings and Jerry Nadler take over, they won’t be as stupid as Goodlatte and Gowdy have been," said diGenova.  "I mean, this is as bad as it gets for Republicans."

Retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
(Getty Images)

“Just watching Gowdy on television, I want to slap him across the face," said diGenova, who led the prosecution of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and was the principal assistant U.S. Attorney in the prosecution of attempted presidential assassin, John Hinckley.

“This is all a show by Gowdy and Goodlatte, two of the most ineffective, feckless, stupid overseers in the history of Congress," said diGenova, a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees. 

Retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the current chairman of the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform. (Getty Images)

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman