Photo of Holder swearing in. You can take what he says to the bank.
According to NBC News, Eric Holder personally signed the warrants that approved the seizure of a Fox News reporter’s phone records and e-mails. Holder lied about his role in such investigations before Congress two weeks ago.
An MSNBC article posted last night claims that Eric Holder signed the search warrant that identified James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the ESPIONAGE ACT in the Spring of 2010. Holder authorized seizure of Rosen’s private emails, his phone records, his parents’ phone records, the Fox New Bureau’s phone records, et al.
At the time of the warrant, the DOJ already knew who the leaker was and in these cases, they only go after the leaker, not the reporter.
Holder will undoubtedly not remember any of this since he has not remembered much so far.
NBC reported that a law enforcement official gave this information to NBC News Thursday evening.
Rosen has been named as an un-indicted co-conspirator and not charged. The labeling by the Justice Department was merely used to go on a fishing expedition through his records and Fox News’ records. Holder has already said Rosen will not be charged.
Rosen did nothing different than what any other reporter is doing. He was singled out.
The Pentagon Papers case reached the SCOTUS and reporters are allowed to receive classified papers. The “classified papers” he received were a nothing sandwich with no ketchup.
Two weeks ago, Holder told Rep. Hank Johnson during his sworn testimony before the House that targeting journalists is bad policy and something he would never be involved in.
“First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.“
The Department of Justice statement which was issued later on Thursday:
“This review is consistent with Attorney General Holder’s long-standing belief that freedom of the press is essential to our democracy,” it said. “At the same time, the attorney general believes that leaks of classified information damage our national security and must be investigated using appropriate law enforcement tools. We remain steadfast in our commitment to following all laws and regulations intended to safeguard national security as well as the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”
Many in the media believe Holder must go.
Holder lied under oath. Feigning ignorance is not an excuse.
Holder certainly can’t remain in charge of the country’s most important and powerful law enforcement agency.
As head of the DOJ, Holder gets to investigate himself. This is what happens in an overly-large, overly-powerful Big Government apparatus.