Trey Gowdy’s brilliant questioning makes absolute fool of law professor in IRS hearing

trey_gowdyAt his best Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made short work of a Democrat-friendly law professor testifying before Congress, even offering him some “free litigation advice.”

The former prosecutor turned congressman was surgical in his questioning of Professor Charles Tiefer, who was brought before the House Judiciary Committee as an expert witness by Democrats — Tiefer has a history of being of service to the Democratic Party, according to The Blaze.

“Professor Tiefer, would you seat a juror who referred to your client as an obscene body part?” Gowdy asked in his opening question.

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Gowdy, establishing a need for a special counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service scandal, was referring to a recently discovered email from former IRS official Lois Lerner, where she used the term “assholes” while talking about conservatives.

Tiefer clearly wanted no part of the question, and his hesitation to answer prompted Gowdy to repeat the question for emphasis.

“I really have trouble to giving you an answer except that—“ he began.

“Well, then you would starve to death as a lawyer if you can’t answer that question, professor,” Gowdy interrupted.

“Well, it doesn’t sound too good,” was the best Tiefer could come up with in response to the question.

In classic form, Gowdy offered the witness some advice: “I’ll give you some free litigation advice: You’re going to want to use one of your strikes on that juror.”

An unidentified congressman from Georgia — perhaps Rep. Hank Johnson — tried to intervene, but Gowdy wasn’t about to yield.

“You are not recognized!” he shouted.

Gowdy went on to show why he was a great choice to lead the select committee on Benghazi, and Professor Tiefer continued to give a text book display of how not to answer questions.

Watch the full exchange below:

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Tom Tillison


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