Radio host and conservative columnist Armstrong Williams says that Eric Holder's testy exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert this week at a House committee hearing – and the subsequent flap about whether that exchange had racial undertones – distracts from more important issues.
Holder was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee when the Texas Republican reminded him that the Republican-led House voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious firearms sting. Things got testy from there,
and Holder later complained to Al Sharpton's National Action Network about the treatment he gets from Congress, complaints many observers, including Bill O'Reilly,
have said were an attempt by Holder to play the race card.
"The bottom line is Eric Holder only reflects his boss, the President of the United States," Williams told John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.
"Obviously, they don't want these hearings, just like they did not want the hearings on Benghazi; they want it to go away because obviously there is something that's there that they don't want to impact the midterm elections in November."
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Williams said Holder was giving "red meat to the audience" at the National Action Network, but voters shouldn't take the bait.
"We don't have to play into the president and the attorney general's game," Williams said.
"We keep dealing with what the real issues are. The president knows [how to] interject race and these other side issues, they're wrong because they don't want the American people to get to the bottom line to the truth that his policies are ineffective, they're not working."
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