Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday grilled Attorney General Eric Holder on his department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing, demanding to know why the the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to investigate Islamic radicals rather than looking into the targeting of Christian groups.
“Because of political correctness, there was not a thorough enough investigation of Tamerlan to determine this kid had been radicalized,” Gohmert said of one of the Boston bombing suspects. “On the one hand, we go after Christian groups like Billy Graham’s group – we go after Franklin Graham’s group – but then we’re hands-off when it comes to possibly offending someone who has been radicalized as a terrorist.”
Holder responded by saying that Gohmert didn’t have access to all of the facts.
“Unless somebody has done something inappropriate, you don’t have access to the FBI files,” he said. “I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know.”
Gohmert bristled at the suggestion that he was making false statements, repeatedly telling Holder that he “challenged my character.”
Watch the lively exchange starting at about the 5:15 minute mark:
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