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February 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Attorney General Eric Holder’s dismissive reaction to last year’s congressional contempt citation over Operation Fast and Furious is a textbook example of why Washington is so dysfunctional.

“It’s something that I think was unfortunate. I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often,” Holder told ABC News of the House vote, in which 17 Democrats joined Republicans to hold the AG in contempt.

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder said. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”

Holder was accused of obscuring facts in the gunwalking scandal and withholding requested documents from Issa’s committee.

“Attorney General Holder’s admission that he does not respect the Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who voted to hold him in contempt offers a window into why Washington is so dysfunctional,” said Issa. “President Obama once campaigned as someone who wanted to bring America together but instead appointed divisive and highly partisan figures like Attorney General Holder who are arrogantly dismissive of those who question them and demand transparency.”

“Finding out why the Justice Department made false denials about Operation Fast and Furious, and only corrected the record after ten months of public pressure, is a legitimate exercise of congressional authority.The Attorney General clearly believes he is above the law and is not accountable to the duly elected representatives of the American people or the institutions of our democracy.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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By any standard of principle that has existed since the Library at Alexander and long before, Holder is a corrupt racist who never met a black person who wasn't noble and innocent and a white person who wasn't tainted and guilty. The sooner Obama and his cadre of pathological sleep walkers addicted to the most paranoid fantasies of the NAACP are swept away the better.
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Greetings:

Tautologies, even in headlines, rock.
1 year ago
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Eric, right back at ya, bub.
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Emperor Severus, among the 10 worst Roman tyrants, had his council.

http://listverse.com/2010/05/09/top-10-worst-roman-emperors/

Holder is Dion.
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So, in other words, he has contempt of Congress.
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