Newsmax's Gizzi: Trey Gowdy 'Excellent' to Head Benghazi Panel

Monday, 05 May 2014 05:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, tapped to chair the select House committee investigating Benghazi, is a "lawyer's lawyer" who is an "excellent choice" for the job, Newsmax White House correspondent John Gizzi says.

"Excellent choice. He is a prosecutor by trade, and as a matter of a fact, although he's always been an active Republican, he went to work under the Democrat-appointed U.S. attorney when Bill Clinton was president," Gizzi told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Why? Because he wanted very much to prosecute and hold people accountable to the law. He is a lawyer's lawyer, first-rate prosecutor, he's perfect for the job. I've known him since he came to Congress in 2010," Gizzi said of the South Carolina Republican.

He made his comments Monday as part of a Newsmax panel that also featured economist Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland, who agreed on Gowdy.

"We need a good, solid prosecutor in this job. We always do when these things come up, whether it's a Republican administration or a Democratic administration," Morici said.

"We need someone who really knows how to conduct an investigation. My feeling is we ought to Skype this guy's questioning into Attorney General [Eric] Holder's office so he can take a few pointers about how to nail a couple of people on Wall Street instead of maybe going over the campaign contribution list quite so much."

The panelists were unsure of how the suggestion by Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who says his party may want to skip the Benghazi hearings as a form of protest, will play out.

"It's a risk . . . It's designed to play to the base and to de-legitimize the Republicans. That might actually work," he said.

"It's really hard to . . . assess what would happen by such an action. There have been situations at the state level where Republicans or Democrats have refused to show up at the state legislature and essentially what you're doing is denying a quorum even if it's a quorum. You're denying the legitimacy of the sitting body."

Gizzi said Democratic sources on Capitol Hill told him such a protest will not be happening.

"The party is already mulling over the choices that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will name [to the committee], Gizzi said.

"If I were [the] Democrats, I would not want to leave this one alone for a minute."

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