It turns out that for all of Congressman Goodlatte’s tough words and actions when it comes to alleged misdeeds of the Obama administration, he has a generous and forgiving side too– at least when it comes to the daughter of a Republican president.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), said on Monday that it was “awfully tough” for government officials such as Ivanka Trump to comply with agency standards for secure communications when sending emails.
“When things like this come up, it’s important people understand, they need to make sure they’re doing what they can,” Goodlatte said during an interview on CNN.
“And it’s awfully tough, as everyone knows, when you’re sending emails about a lot of different things to make sure that you’re doing it according to the rules in the White House or wherever you’re doing it,” he added.
The Washington Post reported last week that Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business.
After ignoring multiple instances of wrongdoing by the Trump administration over the past two years, Congressman Goodlatte is wasting his final weeks in Congress with yet another futile effort to prove anti-Trump bias by Obama administration Justice Department officials during the 2016 election campaign.
Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee until he leaves Congress on January 3, has issued subpoenas for former FBI director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify in private depositions.
Soon after the subpoena was issued, Comey reiterated his call for a public hearing.
“Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans,” Comey tweeted. “I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a ‘closed door’ thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.”
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the committee and its likely incoming chairman, responded:
“These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar, and after the American people have resoundingly rejected the GOP’s approach to oversight — if, indeed, ‘oversight’ is the word we should use for running interference for President Trump.”