Gohmert: It’s Not ‘Personal’ With Holder, But He ‘Persecutes’

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims that his feud with Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t “personal,” and that he’s merely doing his job overseeing the Justice Department.

But on Wednesday, the day after Holder and the eccentric congressman got into another spat on the Hill, Gohmert couldn’t resist taking aim at the attorney general who he says “persecutes” those he investigates.

“He is the highest law enforcement officer in the country, and he is obviously choosing, making personal choices, rather than objective choices, on who he prosecutes and persecutes and who he doesn’t,” Gohmert said on “Fox and Friends,” as quoted by Politico. “So it’s not personal. It’s a matter of proper oversight and … I don’t think he’s doing his job. Otherwise, he would produce the documents that allow us to see that.”

“Well, it’s not personal with me. He seems like a likable guy,” Gohmert added, when asked about the tone of the proceeding.

A visibly agitated Holder on Tuesday snapped at Gohmert after he said a vote to hold Holder in contempt wasn’t a “big deal” to him.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy, alright? You don’t want to go there, ok?” he said.

“I don’t want to go there?” responded Gohmert.

“No. You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me,” 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.”

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