Eric Holder Doesn’t Know Anything, But He Knows More Than You… And He Wants Respect

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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:

 

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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:
 
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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:
 
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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.”

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • peter

    It is hard to pick between Obama and Holder as to who is the more arrogant? Neither can claim to have earned respect. Instead they demand it. That is a sure sign of a devious mind. With a President like Obama and an Attorney General like Holder, the USA is headed for some awkward times ahead internally. Anyone who does their job well doesn’t need to hide and doesn’t need to have secrets.These two individuals appear to have the same genes as gangsters and the statement ‘if you don’tlike me, that’s one thing, but ( you must respect me ) I am the Attorney General of the USA is laughable. We respect the position Mr. Holder, not the clown holding it! No pun intended.

  • steve buckner

    If Holder wants respect he really needs to earn it but, to blatently telling someone to show repect for him and his office is a joke. People would have more respect for Obama and his side kick Holder if they would just act like adults and not kids on a play ground. They both can take their tiny little balls and go back to Obama’s home of origion, Keyna. There they can screw up that nation and not ours !! It would be good riddance !!

  • rp

    Arrogance of this man is amazing. He wants to be treated with respect, but he acts like a complete idiot. Now either he is smart or he’s lying through his teeth. Then again, he could be stupid like Biden and thinks he is intelligent like Biden and still lying through his teeth. Biden is good at that, too. Either way, the smirk on Holders face as he’s trying to belittle the Congressman makes me dislike the man even more. They know he’s a hack and should just spell it out to him. If he’s so stupid he doesn’t know anything, then why does he stay at his post and collect a paycheck? The man at the helm is supposed to know most of what is going on in his department. Holder does know “jack”. Maybe he is too busy try to trample on citizen’s rights in the country to know of the criminal acts his department does. The man that runs his department in such a hap hazard way does not deserve respect, he needs to have his ass kicked out the door.

  • dan

    I’ll respect him when he admits his crimes and is behind bars…not arguing cases
    before them. when bad decisions,policy and supervision result in deaths….
    the guy making those decisions is responsible .

  • BTeboe

    Was it just me or did Holder claim that the “AP” story was one of the worst leaks in the history of the US and then turn right around and claim he knew anything about it. He is a liar, just like his boss. And just like his boss he needs to spend some time, not in the White House, but in the Big House.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.stumpf.1 Henry Stumpf

    Two inept black racists. Dangerous men who could not lead a horse to water.
    They are a disgrace to all Americans !!

  • The Snarf

    That’s the typical Progressive mentality in a nutshell. He thinks he’s automatically ‘entitled’ to respect even while he disrespects the entire nation daily.

  • podunk1

    I heard part of Holder’s bs. recused himself etc… He’s the AG & can’t sluff off his duties to someone else – if he wantonly didn’t get involved & let some underling do his bidding wrong – it’s his fault for not doing it right and knowing what is done!

  • squirl

    Holder’s record from organizations he belonged to in college, to his time as US Prosecutor for DC while Berry was mayor. Then Clinton pardons of terrorists groups members like Weather Underground, and Marc Rich. Lies to congress about the WH pushed for dropping the NBP case, as did T. Perez.

  • JUKEBOX

    I heard a statement some 40 years ago that has great relevance today in our government, “EVERYTHING SHALL REACH ITS OWN LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE”.