Video of the Day: Eric Holder’s definition of “lying”

Posted by: ST on December 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Happened during today’s Congressional hearings on Operation Fast and Furious – it’s around the 1:45 mark of this video (via Michelle Malkin):

Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle recaps, and provides a brief transcript:

When Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Attorney General Eric Holder had a sharp back-and-forth on whether or not officials in the Department of Justice lied to Congress. The questioning was during Thursday morning’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

“First let me make something very clear, in response to an assertion you made, or hinted at: Nobody in the Justice Department has lied,” Holder said in response to accusations that he or his confidantes lied to Congress. “Nobody has lied.”


Still unsatisfied, Sensenbrenner followed up again. “Tell me what the difference is between lying and misleading Congress in this context?,” he asked Holder.

Holder responded that whether a statement is a lie or misleading comment depends on what the person making it is thinking at the time.

“If you want to have this legal conversation, it all has to do with your state of mind, and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that can be considered perjury or a lie,” Holder said. “The information that was provided in that February 4th letter was gleaned by the people who drafted the letter after they interacted with people who they thought were in the best position to have the information.”

It depends on the what the meaning of the word “is” is, didn’tcha know? 8-| In reality, it’s not just an issue of the infamous letter, but also the fact that Holder himself has lied before Congress on what/when he knew about Fast and Furious.

I’m not holding my breath that heads will roll over this one, but they danged well should.

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8 Responses to “Video of the Day: Eric Holder’s definition of “lying””


  1. Carlos says:

    In the spirit of bipartisanship, and wishing to be as inclusive as the next guy, I suggest Mr. “My People” look up the definition of the words “lie” and “perjury” in either his Funk and Wagnell or any edition of the Merriam Webster he has handy dated after 1900.

    Being a lawyer and a favorite of the ACLU, I’m sure he can find some wiggle room in either’s definitions, but even my six-year-old granddaughter can understand them.

    Or maybe he doesn’t have the intelligence of the average six-year-old, just the average in-your-face attitude of a Chicago thug?

  2. tonynoboloney says:

    The American people deserve so much more. Shame on Mr. Holder, shame on the bunch of them.

  3. Dave B says:

    This is what happens when you put an idealogue in a powerful position, especially one on the Left. He involves his DOJ in all kinds of things that are none of his business and ignores things right under his nose like the Black Panthers. We all know what’s coming next… although it is old, crinkled, and the corners are bent… the race card.

  4. Jay Stevens says:

    In the liberal mind, it all comes down to intent. And then, when you hear, “Let me make this perfectly clear …”, you KNOW the intent is to lie.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    Q: What is the difference between a fairy tale and a lie?
    A: A fairy tale starts with, “Once upon a time…” while a lie starts with, “This is the truth…”.

  6. Mt Top Patriot says:

    Crisis as a means

    Lets not beat around the bush. This All about guns. Everything these elites do revolves ultimately about guns. It is guns that give these elites their power to enforce their will. It is guns that they fear. It is guns that they must, if they are to obtain absolute power, posses in order to rule with an iron fist. It is guns that they must take from the populous in order obtain that absolute power. It is guns they understand, as no other people, that are the real power behind anything. It is guns this system of government now lives by. It is guns that they use to enforce everything.
    It is guns our founders foresaw as the ultimate line of defense of our Liberty against tyranny.
    And it is guns in the hands of We The People that they fear most.
    Any thing else is a cheap side show.

  7. Carlos says:

    My other favorite (used by an increasing number of Republicans) is, “The fact of the matter is…”

    When a politician starts out with that you know you can ignore the next sentence or two and not have missed a thing. It’s like a giant red flag that’s screaming, “HERE COMES A LIE!!! YOU CAN’T BELIEVE A WORD OF WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY!!!