An irked Eric Holder didn’t take too kindly to Representative Louie Gohmert’s mention of the House’s holding him in contempt two years ago.
“You don’t want to go there, buddy,” Holder said during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, after the Texas Republican claimed the 2012 contempt vote was “not a big deal to our attorney general.”
“You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me,” 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.”
Gohmert fired back that he has seen little evidence to the contrary, because the Justice Department has still failed to provide the requested documents over which its chief was held in contempt. The documents pertained to the DOJ’s Operation Fast and Furious gun-running operation; Holder contended that the contempt vote was “all about the gun lobby.”
As Gohmert’s time ran out after their heated back and forth, Holder snuck in one last slight at the congressman.
“Good luck with your asparagus,” Holder said, referring to a previous tussle with Gohmert, in which the congressman curiously shouted that “the attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.”