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Holder Berates Rep. During Hearing: 'Maybe This Is the Way You Do Things in Idaho or Wherever You're From

"respect the fact that I hold an office that is deserving of respect."

Attorney General Eric Holder castigated an Idaho congressman while testifying before the House Oversight Committee Thursday, accusing him of committing one of the "worst things I think I've ever seen in Congress."

Holder was on Capitol Hill to testify in an ongoing congressional probe into the failed Operation Fast and Furious, in which weapons sold to Mexican drug cartels were not tracked, resulting in the deaths of hundreds, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

According to National Review Online, Holder was responding to a "grandstanding presentation" by Republican Congressman Raul Labrador that "cobbled together testimony from Holder going back ten years to establish a 'pattern' of Holder saying, in effect, 'I don’t know' in testimony."

"There's a whole bunch of things that I could say about what you just did, maybe this is the way you do things in Idaho or wherever you're from," Holder said. "But understand something -- I'm proud of the work that I've done as attorney general of the United States, and looked at fairly, I think that I've done a pretty good job."

He continued, "Have I been perfect? No. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do I treat the members of this committee with respect? I always hope that I do. And what you have just done is if nothing else, disrespectful. And if you don't like me that's one thing. You should respect the fact that I hold an office that is deserving of respect."

"And you know, maybe you're new to this committee, I don't know, I don't know how long you've been here. But my hope would be that we can get beyond that kind of interaction, that kind of treatment of a witness whether it's me or somebody else because I think what you just did was fundamentally unfair, just not right," Holder said.

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