Something tells me Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republicans don’t get together for golf on the weekends.
Holder had some fiery words for Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Louie Gomhert (R-TX) during a Judiciary Committee hearing today. He was brought in to answer questions about this week’s latest controversies: the IRS and the AP stories. The dialogue between Holder and Issa became so tense at one point that Holder ended up calling Issa’s conduct “unacceptable” and “shameful.”
Holder’s harsh words came while Issa questioned him about whether the Department of Justice paid a second party grant money in order to get them to drop a lawsuit that conservatives wanted to reach the Supreme Court.
“Is it OK to trade a case you don’t want going to the Supreme Court for a dollar damage case?” Issa asked.
As Holder began to answer, Issa repeatedly interrupted him. Before Holder could provide his full answer, Issa cut him off once again, saying “I’m taking that as a yes.”
Holder responded, saying he had not answered with a “yes,” insisting that he was not done answering the question. The men went back and forth several more times before Issa again interrupted Holder and said he answered the question with a “yes.” Holder was fed up with Issa at that point, and didn’t hold back his opinion of the congressman.
“That’s what you typically do,” Holder said as Issa tried to speak over him. “No, I’m not going to stop talking now. … That is inappropriate and is too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It’s unacceptable, and it’s shameful.”
Later in the hearing, Holder answered questions from Gomhert over the FBI’s investigation of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Holder accused Gomhert of making statements about the investigation that had no factual basis.
“You state as a matter of fact what the FBI did and did not do and unless somebody has done something inappropriate, you don’t have access to the FBI files. You don’t know what the FBI did. You don’t know what the FBI’s interaction was with the Russians,” Holder said. “You don’t know what questions were put to the Russians, whether those questions were responded to. You simply do not know that. And you have characterized the FBI as being not thorough or taken exception to my characterization of them as being thorough. I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know.”
Check out video of the Issa exchange below: