Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) questioned Attorney General Eric Holder in a House Judiciary Oversight Hearing on the Department of Justice on Tuesday. He brought up Fast and Furious, Holy Land Foundation Documents and contempt. The full exchange erupted in fireworks.
After spending a couple of minutes accusing the Attorney General of providing documents to terrorists but refusing to give those same documents to members of Congress, Rep. Gohmert pushed the AG to once again give him him what he wanted. When Holder tried to answer Gohmert and point out that he has provided Gohmert, and other members of Congress, the documents they have requested, Gohmert insulted the AG by bringing up his contempt charge from 2012.
Below is the specific exchange from the hearing on Tuesday:
GOHMERT: I’ve read you what your department promised and it is inadequate. And 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, alright? You don’t want to go there, ok?
GOHMERT: I don’t want to go there?
HOLDER: No. You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that that was just a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.
GOHMERT: Well I’m just looking for evidence, and normally we’re known by our fruits, and there have been no indications that it was a big deal because your department has still not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt.
After that point, there was a lot of crosstalk with both men essentially yelling at each other. Holder tried to point out that this whole ‘Fast and Furious’ thing centered around the gun lobby, while Gohmert yelled back and pointed out that he was merely trying to find out why ‘a couple hundred Mexicans’ died. Somehow, in classic Gohmert fashion, he flipped the script and tried to talk about gay marriage. Basically, Gohmert was trying to start the whole ‘religious freedom’ talk again, bringing up how businesses should have the right to discriminate against gay couples and trying to engage a clearly exasperated Holder in a debate.
After Gohmert’s five minutes were up, Holder completely humiliated Gohmer by saying “good luck with your asparagus.” HAHA!
This is an obvious reference to Rep. Gohmert’s nonsensical remark last year during another tense exchange between the two. At that time, after Gohmert had been warned by the chair about his conduct, he ended his questioning with the now infamous phrase, “The Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.”
Holder obviously thinks Gohmert is completely not worth his time anymore and is just tired of dealing with the grandstanding Tea Partier. Everything Gohmert does is aimed at getting him some airtime and to prove to the Tea Party faithful that he truly is the craziest one in the House. The Attorney General is sick of playing games with this charlatan and made sure to dismiss him like the fool that he is.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).