Holder Goes Off-Script To Blast Gohmert: What AG ‘Ever Had To Deal With That?’

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 16th annual convention will run through April 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Attorney General Eric Holder briefly went off-script Wednesday in an appearance at the National Action Network convention in New York City to land another blow in his ongoing feud with Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX).

“I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” he said, according to video recorded by Mediaite.

“And if you don’t believe that, you look at the way — and forget about me, forget about me — you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” he continued. “That had nothing to do with me. Forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Those comments do not appear in Holder’s prepared remarks for the event.

Although Holder did not mention Gohmert by name, the attorney general got heated in a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday when Gohmert suggested he didn’t take a vote to hold him in contempt seriously. After the spat, Gohmert insisted the long-running feud wasn’t “personal.”

Watch Holder’s improvisation below:

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