U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, scolded Attorney General Eric Holder for withholding documents from Congress, sparking a testy exchange Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Gohmert told Holder that documents requested in the Holy Land Foundation investigation had not been provided and reminded the attorney general that he had been held in contempt over a similar situation.
This fiery exchange followed, according to video posted on YouTube by Gohmert:
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”
The congressman was referring to the contempt charges that the House brought against Holder in 2012 for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun-running investigation.
Watch the exchange here: