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Bill O'Reilly Scolds Juan Williams During Fiery Debate Over Holder Investigating Himself: 'How Absurd Is That?!

"That was lame, come on, even [for] you."

(Fox News)

(Fox News)

Appearing on "The Factor" Tuesday, Juan Williams doubled down on his assertion that it is completely appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder is investigating actions that he personally signed off on. Williams is, of course, referring to the Justice Department's decision to name Fox News reporter James Rosen a possible "co-conspirator" and go after his private records.

"That was lame, come on, even [for] you," host Bill O'Reilly said. "This is big, Juan."

Williams went on to say that national security is a serious issue and the information about North Korea's nuclear program that Rosen obtained presented a real threat to national security.

However, Williams went on to say that it is "absurd" to target a journalist, especially James Rosen, as if he were a Julian Assange-type of leaker.

"You're saying Holder made a foolish mistake and your defense of Holder is, 'he can't see everything.' That's absurd!" O'Reilly scolded.

The host also slammed Holder and the DOJ for claiming to have alerted Fox News about the investigation but have yet to produce a memo proving it. "They don't have it," he said.

“And then you, Juan Williams, after all of this, tell [Brit] Hume, who I think wanted to punch you, that Holder should investigate all of this himself!" a fired-up O'Reilly yelled. "How absurd is that?"

But Williams didn't budge. He said Holder is "exactly the right guy" to investigate the matter as a "veteran prosecutor," prompting O'Reilly to lose his cool some more.

"So he's going to investigate himself?" O'Reilly shot back. "Watch the replay of 'The Factor' tonight and listen to yourself."

Watch the fiery segment via Fox News/Mediaite below:

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