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February 12, 2016

Team Gosar Invents New SCOTUS Justice (Updated)

Updated 5:10 p.m. | Rep. Paul Gosar has been after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for weeks now, taking to the House floor for a series of tongue-lashings that include throwing a Supreme Court justice’s trepidation about privacy issues in the administration’s face.



The only problem is he’s citing a nonexistent authority.

An eagle-eyed HOH tipster noted that the Arizona Republican seemed to be relying on moral support from a “William Brandeis” when, in fact, he meant to stand on the shoulders of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

“I know it’s just a typo, but for the love of God, Louis Brandeis is one of the most important Justices in the Court’s history — at least get his name right,” the anonymous stickler griped.

A Gosar aide confirmed the boss has become Mr. One-Minute, taking to the floor repeatedly to criticize Holder’s job performance on everything from the “Fast and Furious” operation to questioning Holder’s regard for the rule of law.

“The Brandeis quote is in every single one … because it all ties in,” the aide said of Gosar’s decision to punctuate his tirades with an excerpt from Olmstead v. United States, a 1928 case focused on government information gathering (wiretapping, to be exact).

“Congressman Gosar believes the blood soaked streets of Mexico and Attorney General Holder’s violations of the law are far more important than a typo on a floor chart,” the aide said, adding, “He’s going to keep going down to the House floor and take a floor chart, yes, with the correct name, but he’s going to continue to make the point that Holder has repeatedly broken the law and must resign.”

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