Things got heated Tuesday between Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department.
Gohmert, who was questioning the attorney general about releasing documents relating to the Holy Land Foundation's 2008 conviction of providing financial assistance to Hamas, then suggested contempt was "not a big deal" to Holder.
"You don't want to go there, buddy," Holder quickly shot back. "You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. ... Don't ever think that."
The Texas Republican was quick to respond.
"So we've been trying to get to the bottom of [Operation] Fast and Furious where people died ... and we can't get the information to get to the bottom of that, so I don't need lectures from you about contempt," he said.
Gohmert, who last May told Holder not to cast "aspersions on [his] asparagus," was at the butt end of the joke Tuesday, when Holder got the last word.
"Good luck with your asparagus," Holder said.