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Holder Suggests Racist Treatment by GOP Rep.

HeadlineApr 10, 2014

At an event hosted by the National Action Network on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder discussed his own experience with racial profiling. He also slammed what he suggested was racist treatment in an appearance before Congress earlier this week.

Attorney General Eric Holder: “I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms, even in the face — even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity. If you don’t believe that, you look at the way — and forget about me, forget about me — you look at the way the attorney general of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me. Forget the — what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Holder was referring to his heated dispute with Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert. At the hearing, Gohmert threatened a new contempt vote against Holder over the withholding of documents concerning the Holy Land terror trial.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “Sir, I’ve read you what your department promised, and it is inadequate. And I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “You don’t want to go there, buddy. You don’t want to go there, OK?”

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “I don’t want to go there?”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “No.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “About the contempt?”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “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.”

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