The Holder – Issa Smackdown

This was not your grandfather’s hearing. The air was thick with partisanship already but when Darrell Issa began by playing audio of Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights and President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Secretary of Labor, in which he confirms that he is arranging for details relating to the St. Paul case not to be disclosed. “Do you think it’s appropriate for someone to — at a federal level — to try to keep information out in order to disguise what’s actually going on?” Issa asked. “There are a whole variety of reasons why people, why we as a government and Justice Department, decide not to become involved in qui tam cases,” Holder replied. Holder and Issa went back and forth until Holder lost it… “It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress,” Holder said. “It is unacceptable. It is shameful.”



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