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HOLDER TO COLLINS: "I DIDN'T SHOW UP HERE BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO"

May 15, 2013

HOLDER TO COLLINS: “I DIDN’T SHOW UP HERE BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO”

Georgia’s freshman rep. tells Attorney General, “People just want the truth”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Ongoing investigations” was a term frequented by United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, in today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing reviewing the oversight of the United States Department of Justice. Instead of providing the American people with clarity and transparency from the recent reports involving wiretapping of Associated Press reporters’ phone lines and confirmation the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) specifically targeted conservative groups and activists, Attorney General Holder chose to dodge almost every question posed to him by committee members. As the only Republican Congressman representing Georgia’s interests on the committee, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) questioned Holder on the accountability his agency owes to the American people.

“Attorney General Holder told me today he didn’t visit Congress today because he wanted to, and I think that was painfully obvious as evidenced by his half-hearted explanations,” said Collins. “He did his best to define the role of the executive branch during this afternoon’s hearing. But instead of articulating a middle school lecture on the structure of the federal government, he should have offered answers and transparency to our committee and every American taxpayer who is confused, bewildered and upset with the recent reports and cover-ups we’re hearing about from the White House.

“The bottom line is, the people want the truth. They want to know how and why four innocent Americans were killed last September in Libya; they want to know how the IRS became a political arm of the White House during a heated re-election campaign; and they want to know their first amendment rights to freedom of the press are still intact. The role of Congress is to provide oversight and ensure that truth is found, and we will not stop asking questions until the facts with all of these individual cases finally prevail from President Obama and Attorney General Holder.”