Holder scolds Issa for ‘inappropriate’ and ‘shameful’ conduct at House hearing

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 15:54 EDT
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Frustrations boiled over at a House hearing on Wednesday when Attorney General Eric Holder let Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) know exactly how he felt about the “shameful” way the lawmaker was conducting himself as a member of Congress.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Issa suggested that the Department of Justice had violated the Federal Records Act during discussions with Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez, and that President Barack Obama’s administration was covering up the crime.

But as Holder tried to reply to Issa, he was interrupted by the California Republican.

“No, no, that’s what you typically do,” the attorney general shot back. “No, I’m not going to stop talking now.”

“Mr. Chairman, would you inform the witness as to the rules of the committee,” Issa said.

“It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress,” Holder insisted, shaking his finger at Issa.

“It is unacceptable and it’s shameful.”

Watch this video from the House Oversight Committee, broadcast May 15, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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