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Gohmert: Holder was ‘cover-upper-in-chief’

Greg Nash

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Thursday said Attorney General Eric Holder will be sorely missed by administration officials who flaunt and disobey the law, calling him the “Cover-Upper-in-Chief.”

Gohmert called the departing attorney general the “most partisan, partial, prejudiced and self-pitying Attorney General in my lifetime, including John Mitchell who went to jail for his crime.”

{mosads}”He has not only failed to investigate crimes and potential crimes occurring in this administration, he has been the Cover-Upper-in-Chief and will be sorely missed by those in the administration like Lois Lerner who want to disobey the law and flaunt it,” Gohmert said in a statement. 

Gohmert has long called for Holder’s resignation and had many of the most memorable spats during congressional hearings with the nation’s top law enforcement official. 

Holder is expected to step down as soon as a successor is confirmed.

Gohmert said he hopes President Obama appoints someone dedicated to upholding the law, rather than a person who caters “to the administration’s whims and ideology.”

Holder had a contentious relationship with Republicans who voted to hold him in contempt.

In April, Holder blasted Republicans for their unprecedented treatment of him after testimony he gave before the House Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, Holder had faced off in a testy exchange with Gohmert, a former district judge.

Holder mocked Gohmert by ending the heated exchange by wishing the Texas congressman “luck with your asparagus” — a reference to Gohmert’s strange line about casting “aspersions on my asparagus” at a hearing with Holder the year before.

“What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Holder asked, referring to the questioning before the committee in a subsequent speech.

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