Attorney General Eric Holder and Tea Party-affiliated Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas exchanged testy words Tuesday as the two men clashed over the threat of another vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.
Questioning Holder during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Gohmert hinted at a repeat of the 2012 House contempt vote against the Department of Justice head over a dispute involving the Fast and Furious gun operation.
"I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight," Gohmert said, this time accusing Holder's DOJ of failing to hand over adequate information regarding a terror funding trial.
Holder shot back: " You don't want to go there, buddy, all right?"
"You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think that it was inappropriate," Holder added. " I think it was unjust. But never think that that was not a big deal to me. Don't ever think that."
First published April 8 2014, 12:21 PM
Luke Russert joined NBC News in August 2008 as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Russert currently reports from Capitol Hill on the House of Representatives for â€œNightly News with Brian Williams,â€ â€œTODAY,â€ MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
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Since late 2011 Russert has served as a guest host on various MSNBC programs including: â€œWay Too Earlyâ€ â€œThe Daily Rundown with Chuck Toddâ€ â€œAndrea Mitchell Reportsâ€ â€œNOW with Alex Wagnerâ€ and â€œThe Cycle.â€
From March 2006-2010, Russert co-hosted the sports radio talk show "60/20 Sports" with political pundit James Carville on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. On "60/20 Sports" he interviewed the likes of former President Clinton, former President George Bush, Bill Russell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Lance Armstrong.
In May of 2009, Russert was honored with the Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University, an award meant to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy. Heâ€™s also received an honorary degree from Wingate University in North Carolina.
Russert graduated from Boston College with a double major in history and communications. He is the son of the late Tim Russert and Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Russert lives in Washington, D.C., with his pug Chamberlain.