Following their combative exchange Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) denounced Attorney General Eric Holder’s “stonewalling” of Congress concerning requested documents, contrasting the Justice Department’s treatment of Congress to its willingness to turn over “massive amounts” of highly sensitive documents to prosecuted terrorists.
During the House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Gohmert scolded Holder for withholding documents requested in the Holy Land Foundation investigation, reminding the Attorney General that he had already been held in contempt for refusing to provide documents for the 2012 congressional investigation into the notorious “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. Angered, Holder scnapped, “You don’t want to go there, buddy!” but Gohmert would not relent. Gohmert posted a video of the exchange on YouTube
(transcript via BizPac):
Gohmert: I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight.
Holder: You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay.
Gohmert: I don’t want to go there?
Gohmert: About the contempt?
Holder: (pointing his finger at Gohmert) 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.
Gohmert: I’m just looking for evidence and normally we’re known by our fruits, and there’s been no indications that it was a big deal because your department still has not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt.
Wednesday, Gohmert commented on Holder’s “stonewalling” of the House Judiciary Committee, telling TruthRevolt that the administration’s refusal to work with Congress was stunning, especially in light of the Justice Department’s willingness to turn over “massive amounts of documents” to prosecuted terrorists:
The amount of stonewalling this administration does never ceases to amaze me. Since the Justice Department has previously turned over massive amounts of documents regarding support for terrorism to prosecuted terrorists, it is incredible that they will not provide them to Congress. Our Attorney General has also refused to fulfill his statutory duty to supply other subpoenaed documents to Congress which has resulted in his being found in contempt of Congress. But, as I keep noting, no matter how cynical you get here in Washington, DC, it’s never enough to catch up.