When Eric Holder visited Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers’ questions on Wednesday, he made a few things clear: There are many things related to recent Barack Obama Administration scandals that the Attorney General claims not to know. There are also some things that he knows that no one else can know. And he thinks the executive branch of government is more powerful and, therefore, deserves respect from members of the legislative branch.
The video below, courtesy of Washington Free Beacon, sums up what Americans learned from Holder’s testimony:
Of course, for all of the things that the Attorney General claims not to know, he made it very clear to Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) that there are some things he isn’t ignorant about with regard to the Boston bombing… but he can’t tell anyone what they are.
“Because of political correctness there was not a thorough enough examination of Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] to determine if this kid had been radicalized,” Gohmert told Holder. “That is the concern I have. 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.”
“You’ve made statements as matters of fact–,” Holder began in response.
“You point out one thing that I said that was not true,” Gohmert said.
“The only observation I was going to make is that you state as a matter of fact what the FBI did and did not do. Unless somebody has done something inappropriate, you don’t have access to the FBI files,” Holder said later. “I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know. That’s all.”
Watch the full exchange:
Holder’s remark “You cannot know what I know” is revelatory of where he sees the Justice Department and other executive offices fitting in to the grand scheme of American government. He removes any doubt that he believes the executive branch should have unfettered ability to operate secretly and with impunity by informing lawmakers that he felt their questions had disrespected him.
“I respect the oversight role that Congress plays. This isn’t always a pleasant experience; it’s one that I recognize that you go through as an executive branch officer. The one thing I’ve tried to do is always be respectful of the people who’ve asked me questions,” he said to Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.). “I don’t frankly think I’ve always been treated with a great deal of respect, and it’s not even a personal thing. If you don’t like me, that’s one thing, but I am the Attorney General of the United States.”
Here’s the exchange:
Holder is seemingly following a similar plan to the one he used to avoid taking any responsibility for the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal; he is stalling by playing dumb and accusing Congress of overstepping its authority for asking questions about the few things he does claim to know — which, incidentally, are classified. The only thing that is left is for him and the President to get together and let the American people know that they will be covering their asses and making scandals disappear by exerting “executive privilege.”