Congressman Blake Farenthold, who represents the 27th district in Texas, delivered a blistering message to Eric Holder at yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing in which he had the opportunity to question Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.
Congressman Farenthold declined questioning Holder, the first Cabinet member in history to be held in contempt of Congress. The reason? Because Eric Holder should be in jail:
“You know, I understand that this Committee has the constitutional duty of oversight over the Department of Justice and that’s why we have Mr. Holder here today — but I don’t think I can be a part of eroding the constitutional balance of power, favoring the executive over the legislative.”
“I don’t think Mr. Holder should be here. He’s in contempt of this body. I’ve called for his resignation, I’ve sponsored articles of impeachment and, this week, I’m going to be introducing legislation that would prevent federal employees who are held in contempt of Congress or who fail to fully comply with a Congressional subpoena from being paid their taxpayer-funded salary. I’m going to try and get that [the legislation] included with the appropriations bills that’ll be going through.”
“I’m committed to maintaining the Constitutional balance of power and the authority that this legislative branch has, and I just don’t think it’s appropriate that Mr. Holder be here. If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department’s subpoenas, they would be in jail and not sitting here in front of me, testifying.”