Why? What does he have to hide? “Eric Holder Ducks Congress”s Questions About Massive Terrorism Financing Trial,” by Jason Howerton in The Blaze, June 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Members of the House Judiciary Committee on oversight on Thursday called on U.S. Attorney General to provide documents and evidence relating to the landmark Holy Land Foundation trial — the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history.
The committee made a nearly identical request more than a year ago, however, the documents were never made available by Holder or his department, lawmakers say.
Following court proceedings, the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of providing millions of dollars in funding to Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations in 2008. Named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the trial were the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Both have documented ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood”¦which then have ties to the Obama administration, but I digress.
Lawmakers, like Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), are again asking to see the evidence presented in that trial, a request that Holder does not seem to be in a hurry to fulfill. In an impassioned speech, the congressman challenged Holder to uphold his oath to “justice.”
“When I hear an attorney general of the United States come before us and say, somewhat cavalierly, there is a political aspect to this office, it offends me beyond belief. Your job is justice, Mr. Attorney General, Gohmert told Holder.
He went on, “When we made a request a year ago — here — for the documents that your department has produced to people who were convicted of supporting terrorism. They are terrorists, and we wanted the documents you gave to the terrorists. We are a year later, and we still don’t have them.”
As he spoke, the cameras showed Holder looking away and down at a stack of papers, seemingly refusing to make eye contact with him.
Gohmert added that it made “˜no sense” that the United States Attorney General would be more “considerate” to supporters of terrorism than to members of Congress.
“I am asking for the documents your department produced to the terrorist supporters convicted in the Holy Land Foundation trial. Can we get those documents?” he asked.
“Well, certainly you can have access to those things that are on the public record and that were used in the trial. I was also a judge I sat in this Washington, D.C. “¦” Holder began.
“So, is that a yes or a no that we will get those documents?” Gohmert said, cutting him off.
Holder again ignored the question, and never got back around to providing a firm answer stating whether he would produce the requested documents….