House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn doesn't have a bad thing to say about his fellow South Carolinian appointed by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to lead the select committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, but the committee is "an evil tree" that can't bear good fruit, he said.

Clyburn doesn't have a problem with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, though. "I know Gowdy very well," he told the Washington Examiner. "I'm against the thing, so, it ain't got nothing to do with Gowdy. I'm against doing it, I don't care who is chairing it, I'm against it. So, Gowdy's got nothing to do with my position."

"An evil tree can't bear good fruit," Clyburn concluded.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who serves with Gowdy on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that he likes Gowdy but expressed a little more uncertainty about whether he would run a fair process.

"I don't know," Cummings said outside the House chamber. "I like Gowdy, I like him a lot. And, I've only seen him in a prosecutorial role, so I don't know."