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Holder blows stack at congressman

Eric Holder testifies before the House.
Eric Holder testifies before the House.
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During a hearing today before the U.S. of Representatives, Attorney General Eric Holder blew his stack at a congressman who questioned the withholding of Justice Dept. documents in a case involving a Holy Land terror funding trial.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, mentioned in his questioning of Holder that the Justice Dept. had refused to turn over requested documents to Congress. As an aside Gohmert further stated that Holder had been held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to turn over documents related to the infamous Fast and Furious scheme in which Obama administration officials took American guns across the southern border to Mexican drug cartels in order to bolster their false claim that "most of the guns used by the drug cartels come from the United States."

Holder's response to Gohmert was to lose his cool and blast him for bringing up the subject.

The Daily Caller captured the exchange between Holder and Gohmert:

“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay,” Holder shot back.

“I don’t want to go there?” the Texas Republican responded.

“No,” Holder said, leaning forward in his seat.

“About the contempt?” Gohmert asked.

“You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think that it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust. But never think that that was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that,” Holder said pointing at Gohmert.

There is no doubt that Holder's contempt citation is a big deal to him -- a big deal that he got caught, given the fact that he has persisted in withholding vital documents from Congress. The contempt citation has not provided any motivation whatsoever for Holder to cooperate with Congress in its constitutional duty to exercise oversight over government agencies.

Despite Holder's puzzling righteous indignation, Gohmert persisted in driving home his point that after all of this time Holder still has not produced the documents that led to the contempt citation.

Gohmert stated that apparently being held in contempt of Congress was no big deal at all for Holder, given that the Justice Dept. still has not been forthcoming in producing the documents the committee needs to complete its investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal.


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