Attorney General Eric Holder faced a bizarre line of questioning today from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during a hearing with the Justice Department Oversight committee.
During the hearing, Holder was asked a variety of questions having to do with the Justice Department’s role in obtaining Associated Press journalists’ phone records as well as about Thomas Perez, who is President Obama’s nominee to be the next Labor Secretary. But Gohmert decided to pursue his own agenda with inquiries about the Boston Bombings suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Gohmert’s questioning, unfortunately, was less about getting answers and more about getting a rant off his chest. He asked Holder if he knew much about the mosque Tsarnaev had attended — who founded it and if they are terrorists — as well as who Tsarnaev’s favorite Islamic writers were.
Gohmert also accused Holder and the Department of Justice of targeting Christian groups at the cost of intentionally failing to watch Tsarneav turn radical.
"Because of political correctness, there was not a thorough enough investigation of Tamerlan to determine this kid had been radicalized," Gohmert said, raising his voice at Holder and over the voice of the committee chairman.
Gohmert’s assertions, according to Holder, were absolutely not based on fact and pointed out that Gohmert had no way of appropriately knowing what the FBI did or didn’t do.
"You don't have access to the FBI files," Holder said. "You don't know what the FBI did. You don't know what the FBI's interaction was with the Russians. You don't know what questions were put to the Russians, whether those questions were responded to. You simply do not know that… I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know.”
Gohmert then went off, not unlike a drunken angry uncle at a hostile family reunion, ranting that Holder had attacked his personal character and continued to assert his accusations over the protests of his own Chairman.
Finally, after a few minutes of incoherent arguing among the committee, Gohmert rambled about “casting aspersions on my asparagus” before quieting down.