Trey Gowdy Explains Awkward Video of Him Escorting Fellow Rep. Darrell Issa Out of a Deposition

The video was the talk of the politics world on Wednesday, and now we’re hearing from one of those directly involved.

That video showed rising GOP star Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) escorting fellow GOP Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) out of a Benghazi-related deposition. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is:

As it was reported on Wednesday, Issa apparently “stormed off in a huff.” Thursday, Gowdy explained why he did what he did, and maintained the two lawmakers are still friends.

“Oh absolutely,” Gowdy responded when asked by Fox’s Bill Hemmer if everything was OK between him and Issa.

“There’s an obscure rule, if you’re not a member of a committee you can’t attend a deposition,” he explained. “You can attend a hearing, you can attend other meetings but you can’t attend a deposition. And it’s my responsibility to enforce the rules even against friends.”