AG Eric Holder Shoots Down Rep. Gohmert’s Contempt Threat: ‘You Don’t Want to Go There!’

Source: Matt Wilstein / Mediaite

Attorney General Eric Holder got into a tense confrontation with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during a his appearance before a House Judicial Committee oversight hearing Tuesday. When Gohmert raised the threat of holding the attorney general in contempt of Congress, Holder shot back, “You don’t want to go there, buddy.”

Gohmert was referencing the 2012 vote by the House of Representatives to hold Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Raising the specter of another such vote, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”

Watch the exchange between AG Holder and Rep. Gohmert at

“You don’t want to go there, buddy,” Holder said, interrupting Gohmert. “You don’t want to go there.” When Gohmert questioned what he meant, Holder explained, “You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me.” Pointing his finger at the congressman, he continued, “I think that it was inappropriate and it was unjust, but never think that was not a big deal to me, don’t ever think that.”

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  • Sieben713

    Never in the history of America has there been such confrontation between Congress and the President & The Attorney General . I wonder why ?