Things got a little intense at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday between US Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Louie Gohmert.
Gohmert criticized the FBI’s role involving the investigation of Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The Republican’s allegations soon fanned into a fiery exchange.
Holder has often been criticized for his support for American Muslims and anti-religious profiling statements. Gohmert said that the government was more aggressive towards Christian evangelist Franklin Graham than radical Islamists, and that Americans were more concerned about “being killed by terrorists” than religious profiling.
Holder replied to his allegations by saying, “You don’t know what the FBI did. 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.”
Shortly after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed it was revealed that the FBI had investigated the bomber previously in 2011. U.S. lawmakers later questioned why the FBI had failed to spot the danger from one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and they complained it was one of a series of cases in which someone the agency had investigated had later taken part in attacks.
After Eric Holder put forward his opinions about the congressman, Gohmert kept on insisting that what he was saying about the FBI and Holder was true and was constantly clashing with the hearing’s chairman.
You can watch the heated exchange of statements between the two in the video above.