Eric Holder went to not one, not two, but three judges before he secured the warrant to spy on James Rosen and Fox News executives. He now says he regrets having to call Rosen a criminal to do it.
Holder labeled reporter James Rosen a co-conspirator under the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private e-mails. He seized phone records belonging to Rosen’s parents and which included his contacts with Fox News reporters and executives.
Obama said, “I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable. Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” Obama is again the innocent bystander who knew nothing about anything. He wants us to believe he would never had agreed with Holder’s actions had he known.
Holder even signed off on alleging that Rosen was at risk to “mask” his “identity and activity, flee or otherwise obstruct this investigation.”
Two of the judges Holder’s DOJ approached declared that the Justice Department was required to notify Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay. Holder then went on to find a third judge who allowed him to keep the information secret.
Holder is allegedly sorry for calling Rosen an aider, abettor and a co-conspirator. His remorse came after he was caught. His public apology consisted of him saying, “I’m not satisfied. I’m not satisfied.” He told the Daily Beast he didn’t realize it would be such a big story until it hit the papers even though his aides were scrambling days before the story broke.
The Daily Beast reports that Holder will be meeting with representatives from major media networks next week in an expansive damage control effort. Holder said he would have a no-holds barred conversation with the media. He already has reforms lined up. None of that will be necessary if he stops lying and starts abiding by the law.