Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said Thursday that there is no evidence Attorney General Eric Holder was “mistreated” during a testy House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week.
“What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Holder said. “What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
“Now, when he says that they — that he’s been so mistreated, he does not have evidence,” Gohmert told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “As a judge and a chief justice, I look for evidence. He has none.”
The Texas Republican then ticked off a list of former attorneys general who he said were “brutalized” by Democrats in the Senate and House: Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Ed Meese and John Mitchell, who Gohmert added “may have deserved what he got, but he sure got a lot worse treatment than this attorney general.”
“So he makes these assertions, like some lawyers do in opening statements, but then the trouble is, when it comes to putting on evidence, he has none,” Gohmert said.
Kelly then asked the congressman if he thought Holder was playing the “race card” in his improvised remarks.
“He didn’t say race, and he was very careful about that,” Gohmert said. “It doesn’t matter to me, I could care less. I want to get to the bottom of it.”
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