Under questioning by Gohmert at a House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Holder was again asked for documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal that led to his being held in contempt of Congress two years ago.
"I've read you what your department promised and it is inadequate," Gohmert said. "And 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, alright? You don't want to go there, ok?" interjected Holder.
"I don't want to go there?" responded Gohmert.
"No. You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me," a visibly agitated Holder shot back. "I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that that was just a big deal to me. 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," answered Gohmert.
The two have sparred before. Holder has called out the Texas Republican for making "grossly unfair" statements about his department, while Gohmert has complained that the attorney general has "challenged my character."
"The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus," he famously proclaimed last year.
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