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Holder on the ‘Ongoing Matter About Which I Know Nothing’

At hearing today: "I've just been given a note that we have in fact confirmed that the deputy was the one who authorized the subpoena."

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Bridget Johnson

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May 15, 2013 - 7:14 pm
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Attorney General Eric Holder passed the buck on blame with a series of non-answers in regard to recent scandals during a scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee today.

Holder was due before the panel for a regular oversight hearing, but the timing as the IRS and AP scandals unfolded meant he was under extra fire for the handling of his department.

“There’s been a lot of criticism raised about the scope of this investigation, including why the Department needed to subpoena records for 20 people over a lengthy two-month period,” Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) asked Holder of the DOJ’s grab of Associated Press phone records.

“Yeah, I mean, there’s been a lot of criticism. In fact, the head of the RNC called for my resignation, in spite of the fact that I was not the person involved in that decision,” Holder said. “But be that as it may, I was recused in that matter, as I described, I guess, in a press conference that I held, yesterday, the decision to issue this subpoena was made by the people presently involved in the case. The matter’s being supervised by the deputy attorney general. I am not familiar with the reasons why the subpoena was constructed in the way that it was, because I’m not a part of the case.”

“It’s my understanding that one of the requirements before compelling process from a media outlet is to give the outlet notice. Do you know why that was not done?” Goodlatte asked.

“There are exceptions to that rule,” Holder responded. “I do not know, however, with regard to this particular case why that was or was not done. I simply don’t have a factual basis to answer that question.”

The attorney general claims he was recused from the case because he was “a possessor of the information that was ultimately leaked.”

The AP story last May that got the administration so riled up was about a foiled underwear bomb plot originating from Yemen to mark the death of Osama bin Laden. At the time, President Obama was campaigning on a narrative that al-Qaeda had largely been defeated.

After claiming he had no idea who in the department made the grab of the AP’s records, Holder said, “I’ve just been given a note that we have in fact confirmed that the deputy was the one who authorized the subpoena.”

“Mr. Attorney General, I think that this committee has been frustrated for at least the last two and a half years, if not the last four and a half years, that there doesn’t seem to be any acceptance of responsibility in the Justice Department for things that have gone wrong,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

The congressman suggested that Holder and his deputies go to the Truman Library and “take a picture of this thing that he had on his desk that said ‘the buck stops here,’ because we doesn’t know where the buck stops.”

Some committee Democrats criticized Republicans for demanding aggressive investigation of press leaks a year ago and now being upset about the surveillance of the AP. “Now, of course, it is convenient to attack the attorney general for being too aggressive or the Justice Department for being too aggressive,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

“But this inconsistency on the part of my Republican colleagues should not distract us from legitimate questions worthy of congressional oversight, including whether the Espionage Act has been inappropriately used looking at leakers, whether there is a need for a greater press shield — which I believe there is — such as measures my colleagues have worked — some of my colleagues have worked to defeat in the past, and Congress’ broad grants of surveillance authority and immunity that some of my Republican colleagues supported and before today have been unwilling to re-examine,” Nadler added.

Holder later called the AP scandal “both an ongoing matter and ongoing matter about which I know nothing.” He also quickly said he “certainly did not alert the White House” about the subpoenas.

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Poor dumb Americans you elect a Lying, Corrupt, Black Muslim, Chicago Politician as President and then act surprised when you find he is running a Lying, Corrupt , Muslim apologist, Race Hustling Regime.
You've got the Government your stupid electorate deserves.
48 weeks ago
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"I know nothing!"

(Or is it "What, me worry?")
49 weeks ago
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Given that Eric Holder's "I'm just not very bright, and am only dimly aware of my surroundings" is in fact the same one he gave for Fast and Furious, he should probably resign and retire somewhere that has people hired to tie his shoes and change his drool bib.
49 weeks ago
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Every soldier knows that they are required to refuse illegal orders and are liable for prosecution if they carry them out. That was established by the Nurnberg Trials. Is there any reason that bureaucrats are not held to the same standard? Prosecute the bureaucrats that illegally targeted groups because of their politics as well as their superiors for allowing it to happen. If the Upper Management claims they didn't know what was going on they should be sacked for incompetence
48 weeks ago
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The lies, the arrogance, the corruption and nefarious activities of Obama
and Holder are beconing overwhelming. Just how much more are we going
to be made to suffer at the hands of these dictatorial tyrants?
Congress must at some point find the authority and the resolute courage
to oust these men from office; otherwise, they will simply continue to foist
their lies and dishonesty upon the American people, further destroying
this once great democratic republic.
Good luck, America.
48 weeks ago
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if he knows nothing, time for him to return his paychecks and leave. We expect more from a person heading a department than to be a clueless despot, abusing others.
48 weeks ago
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Obama Doesn't Know! (originally Obama Doesn't Know by Lustra)

Obama doesn't know that Holder and me
Run guns to Mexico every Sunday
Holder tells him he's in church but he doesn't go
Still he's givin' guns to thugs and Obama doesn't know!

Oh Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!

Hillary says she's out shopping
But she's lyin' 'bout Bengazi
And Al-Queda is not stopping

Because Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!
Obama doesn't know!
Don't tell Obama!

I can't believe he's so trusting
While Hillary is right behind Bengazi doing nothing
Hillary's got him on the phone
And she's trying not to moan
It's a three-way call and he knows nothing, nothing!

Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!
Cause Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!

We'll put on a show!
Everyone will go!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!

Tap the AP phones, why not?
It's so cool when you're on top!
Got to come out in front in the election sooo
Life is so hard because Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!

He lied to the nation on his birthday

Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
So don't tell Obama!
Obama doesn't know!

Obama will know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama's gotta know!
I'm gonna tell Obama!
Gonna tell him myself!

Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama has to
Obama has to
Obama has to go!

Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
(So don't tell Obama!)
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
(So don't tell Obama!)
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't, Obama doesn't
Obama doesn't

(Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!)

(Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama doesn't know!
Obama's gotta go!)

48 weeks ago
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that would be "originally Scotty Doesn't Know by Lustra" find & replace got carried away. :P
48 weeks ago
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Not knowing anything is same excuse the 47% uses every day. This goes back to Hillary's testimony made famous by al shanklin on Ruth's show with his parody: "try to remember"
She keeps saying " I don't recall". It has ever since. And I'm guessing unless Issa puts down his .22 (politically speaking) and picks up his elephant gun (again, politically speaking!) it's going to work here, too.
48 weeks ago
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That would be "rush's" show, not Ruth's. can't get used to autocorrect!
48 weeks ago
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Holder must know of a real "skeleton" in fearless leaders closet. I see where obama has fired the chief of the IRS (he was already planning on resigning) because of the indiscretions committed by his department. At least no one died unlike what happened with the 'fast and furious" debacle. Why is Holder still employed by this administration? What would it take to toss this lying, racist cretin?
48 weeks ago
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Memo to the MSM: Read "...and then they came for me."
When Chris Matthews realizes and announces that the President is an empty suit that is incapable or willing to do his job, the bloom is off the rose.
It is a learning experience to see the Dems on the committee to interrupt the questioner when the heat gets too hot for Holder.
48 weeks ago
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Poor dumb Americans you elect a Lying, Corrupt, Black Muslim, Chicago Politician as President and then act surprised when you find he is running a Lying, Corrupt , Muslim apologist, Race Hustling Regime.
You've got the Government your stupid electorate deserves.
48 weeks ago
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I think that is what the changing demographics was in fact voting for.
48 weeks ago
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Watching Holder say words yesterday (did not rise to the level of testimony) was illuminating and disappointing. If he knows nuthin' about nuthin', what does he do all day? Video games? I suspect he is really a pro at the game of distractions, maintaining a facade of "I am so dumb and ill-informed, you can't pin anything on me" all the while he is using the power of his office to pursue his own agenda.
48 weeks ago
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It doesn't practically matter if Holder, or anyone else, abused their authority because the spineless GOP will not hold anyone to account. Anyone remember Fast & Furious, unconstitutional recess appointments, etc., etc., etc.? Once your opponent knows you want to avoid a fight more than anything else you will be abused as many times as your enemy chooses to abuse you. Our opponent isn't going to get a guilty conscience and stop. Our opponent can live a full life know matter what we think about them. We act like Battered Wives, we get treated like Battered Wives.
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