Eric Holder Explodes At Republicans: “Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive”
April 11, 2014 10:16am PST
While speaking at an event held by a group that Al Sharpton founded, Eric Holder accused members of Congress of launching “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive” attacks against him and Obama.
The remarks came during a speech he gave at the National Action Network in New York City on Wednesday. He was there to praise the organization’s efforts to advance racial equality, however the irritated Holder couldn’t keep it together after his horrible day on the Hill.
“Forget about me [specifically]. Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder told the crowd. “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
He then went on to say that his tenure as Attorney General has been “defined by significant strides … even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.”
The crowd rewarded his racially motivated comments with a loud round of applause.
Of course the “treatment” he’s speaking of is the multiple confrontations he had when testifying before Congress on Tuesday.
In one of those confrontations, Holder was accused of violating federal law from when he was held in contempt for not supplying subpoenaed documents to Congress regarding the Fast and Furious scandal. The Texas Republican then suggested that Holder should be in jail for ignoring the subpoenas.
Then the Attorney General got into a heated exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Gohmert had questioned Holder about documents he had failed to turn over regarding an unrelated terrorism case, then made a remark regarding Holder’s disrespect for Congress and the rule of law.
“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said.
Holder, who like Obama isn’t a fan of criticism, shot back at Gohmert, saying “You don’t want to go there, buddy. You don’t want to go there, OK?”
“You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me,” Holder added, pointing a finger toward the congressman. “I think it was inappropriate. I think it was unjust. But never think that was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”
Gohmert, undeterred by Holder’s threatening tone continued to press the issue.
“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,” he said.
“I don’t need lectures from you about contempt.”
“And I don’t need lectures from you,” Holder fired off.
In all it wasn’t a good day for the Attorney General, who we all know has spent more time covering the tracks of this administration than he has upholding the law, which he also seems to do selectively. Perhaps if he’s so upset with how he is treated he should change his behavior, since stonewalling investigations is bound to upset people.
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