A day after Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of targeting Attorney General Eric Holder because of his department's crackdown on state voter ID laws, GOP lawmakers dismissed the claim as "hogwash" while Democrats kept their distance.
Asked about Pelosi's claim at Thursday's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not say that the administration shares her theory.
"I cannot divine the motivations behind" Republicans' contempt push against Holder, Carney said, though he was plenty critical of the GOP effort.
Afterward, Republican lawmakers pounced on Pelosi's comment.
"Hogwash. That is the most ridiculous comment I've heard so far," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told Fox News on Friday.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., called the claim "mind-numbingly stupid."
"I could not believe it when I heard her saying that. Is that all you have to come back with? Is that the best you can come up with?" Gowdy told Fox News.
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