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Gohmert Challenges Justice Department on Attorney General Holder’s “inadvertent” claim to Senate Judiciary Committee

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) is challenging the United States Department of Justice for retracting a statement “inadvertently” made by Attorney General Eric Holder to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The retracted statement claimed that his predecessor, then-Attorney General Mukasey, had been briefed about gunwalking. This retraction made by the Justice Department is the second major retraction made in the last seven months.

Though the Justice Department states that this was an “inadvertent” claim, Attorney General Holder made the same claim in stronger terms to Rep. Louie Gohmert on June 7, 2012 in a House Judiciary oversight hearing on The Department of Justice. This statement has not been withdrawn.

Excerpt from Attorney General Holder’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee:

MR. GOHMERT: “Did you ever go back to your office and say when you found out about Fast and Furious –I demand to know who authorized this? Are things so fast and loose in your office that somebody can authorize the sale to international criminals of American guns that are bringing about the death of even American agents, and no one has to do that in writing?

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER: “What I did do, I asked the inspector general to conduct an investigation. I put an end to the policy that led to the Fast and Furious debacle. I made personnel changes at ATF and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We made changes in the procedures there. And that is in stark contrast to what happened to my predecessor Attorney General Mukasey when he was briefed about the transmission of guns to Mexico and, as far as I can tell, did far less than what I did.”

Rep. Gohmert noted, “Perhaps the Attorney General should review the definition of the term ‘inadvertent’ and explain how comments made in two different locations five days apart could be ‘inadvertent’ rather than false.”

To view the video of Rep. Gohmert questioning Attorney General Holder, click here.

To view the letter sent by Sen. Grassley to the Department of Justice and their response, click here.

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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