Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) attacked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for playing a recording of Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez arranging for something not to be disclosed as part of a quid pro quo in a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee with Attorney General Eric Holder:
Breaking order in the hearing, Jackson-Lee questioned the validity of Issa’s actions, asking if Holder was aware that the recording would be played. Chairman Bob Goodlatte explained that the hearing is not a court hearing and has no such rules requiring that Holder or the minority party be made aware that evidence would be presented.
Issa’s questioning period was one of much fanfare.
Issa made clear that he wanted a yes or no answer to his question asking if it is allowed for the DOJ to trade a case that would give funding to the American people for a question the administration did not want to go before the Supreme Court, referring to a similar act Holder says was taken by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez.
Holder attacked Issa for interrupting him mid-sentence after Holder refused to answer his questions with a yes or no answer, as Issa requested. “It’s unacceptable and it’s shameful,” said Holder of Issa’s actions: