Rep. Gowdy Questions AG Holder About Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law: ‘Why Would You Trump Congress With A Memo?’ (Video)

Attorney General Eric Holder was up on Capital Hill today to answer questions before the house Judiciary Committee.

Last month, Congressman Trey Gowdy  introduced the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) to rein in the growing problem of executive overreach and restore balance to the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. One area of concern has been Holder’s executive action concerning mandatory minimum sentences. He asked Holder about that at the hearing, today.

More from today’s hearing…

Chaffetz Questions AG Holder on Petraeus Investigation:

Chaffetz was being far too gentle and accommodating, here in reaction to Holder’s stonewall:

And More:


During a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder became visibly upset when Rep. Louis Gohmert suggested that being in contempt of Congress didn’t appear to matter to the Attorney General.

After Holder dismissed Gohmert’s requests for documents relating to congressional investigations, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”

“You don’t want to go there buddy!” Holder responded. “You don’t want to go there, OK?”

“You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me,” Holder continued. “I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”

Gohmert insisted that Republicans were focused on getting to the bottom of the Fast and Furious gun running scandal.

“I don’t need lectures from you about contempt,” Gohmert fired back.

“And I don’t need lectures from you either,” Holder responded.

Eric Holder Feb 2013: ‘Contempt Vote Didn’t Have Huge Impact On Me’

Republicans have every reason to believe that being held in contempt is not “a big deal” to Eric Holder based on Eric Holder’s own words. In an exclusive interview with ABC News’  Pierre Thomas on February 27, 2013, Holder was asked about how he reacted when House Republicans voted with 17 Democrats to hold him in contempt of Congress over the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal.

“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.”

Holder said the votes it didn’t bother him, considering who cast them.

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened,I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,”Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”



9 thoughts on “Rep. Gowdy Questions AG Holder About Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law: ‘Why Would You Trump Congress With A Memo?’ (Video)

  1. After all the corruption and stonewalling disrespect he’s shown Congress over the past five years, I can’t believe how respectful and deferential these Reps still are to the man.


  2. They’re all too gentle on him. How much more sick of the GOP can I get? They’ve had five years of this sh*t and they still come to these hearings either painfully polite or theatrically bellicose, playing word games like they’re living in some fantasy land. These Leftists are animals — beast of power and contempt. Figure it out, you tools. The reality is that the problem really isn’t Obama (he’s really just a cookie-cutter academic leftist who should be easy to expose and stymie) so much as the near-complete absence of a bold, virile opposition. Obama and the Left must have parties every night celebrating the useless GOP. Holder is lucky he’s not in jail, and that’s what Gohlmert and Gowdy should have said.


  3. So true. I’m especially shocked and disappointed in Chaffetz. I understand the need for professional Congressional decorum – but spare us the ingratiating, slavishly deferential politeness. Especially when this Attorney General has routinely shown how much disrespect and contempt he has for Republicans.


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