Eric Holder smacks down GOPer: "You don't want to go there, buddy!"

The attorney general spars once again with Tea Party hero Louie Gohmert

Published April 8, 2014 5:35PM (EDT)

Attorney General Eric Holder and congressman Louie Gohmert are not fans of one another, a fact that was further confirmed when the two got into a verbal tiff during a hearing on Tuesday over whether the former cared when the House held him in contempt in 2012 over the "fast-and-furious" scandal.

What set off this latest tussle was a passive-aggressive shot Gohmert took at Holder over fast-and-furious-related documents the Department of Justice had handed over in response to a House Republican request. "I've read you what your department promised and it is inadequate," Gohmert told Holder. "And I realize that [being held in] 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, all right?" Holder testily responded. "You don't want to go there, OK?"

"I don't want to go there?" Gohmert incredulously asked in response.

"No," Holder shot back. "You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust; but never think that that was not a big deal to me," Holder continued, pointing his finger at Gohmert. "Don't ever think that."

"Well, I'm just looking for evidence, and normally we're known by our fruits, and there have been no indications that it was a big deal because your department has still not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt," Gohmert responded.

You can watch their exchange below, via Talking Points Memo:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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