At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder chided Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) for disparaging the FBI without evidence.
Gohmert criticized the FBI over its handling of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The congressman alleged the government was more aggressive towards Christian evangelist Franklin Graham than radical Islamic terrorists, and that Americans were more concerned about “being blown up by terrorists” than religious profiling.
But Holder noted Gohmert had no way of knowing how the FBI handled the situation, since he had no access to the FBI files.
“You don’t know what the FBI did,” he said. “You don’t know what the FBI’s interaction was with the Russians. You don’t know what questions were put to the Russians, whether those questions were responded to. You simply do not know that. And you have characterized the FBI as being not thorough, or taken exception to my characterization of them as being thorough. I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know. That is all.”
The congressman was not pleased with the rebuke. Repeatedly clashing with the hearing’s chairman, Gohmert accused Holder of challenging his character. The congressman insisted everything he said was true.