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Holder’s Worst Week Ever?

The House Judiciary Committee will wait for the attorney general's response, due by Wednesday, “before passing judgment" on "perjury.”

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Bill Straub

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June 2, 2013 - 12:01 am
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WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee could be called on as early as this week to adjudge whether Attorney General Eric Holder offered false testimony regarding his participation in a federal probe involving Fox News reporter James Rosen.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday that Holder’s insistence that he did not contribute to an investigation that included the issuance of a subpoena for Rosen’s email records appears to be contradicted by the facts.

Goodlatte said a letter has been sent to the attorney general seeking an explanation for the apparent inconsistency. Holder has until Wednesday to address the issue.

The committee will wait for Holder’s response, Goodlatte said, “before passing judgment on whether that constitutes perjury.”

On Thursday, the Justice Department issued a statement maintaining that Holder was “accurate and consistent with the facts” during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15 and that he is “committed to striking a balance between protecting classified national security information and protecting the first amendment rights of journalists to gather and report the news.”

At issue is Holder’s statement about the Justice Department’s decision to obtain a search warrant for Rosen’s emails in May 2010. It was issued in the wake of a June 2009 report by Rosen that allegedly contained classified material.

The 44-page search warrant, initially obtained by The New Yorker magazine, maintained that information regarding a possible nuclear bomb test by North Korea came from Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee. Kim was indicted in August 2010 for unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty.

Rosen has never been charged.

In the affidavit in support of the search warrant, FBI Agent Reginald B. Reyes stated “there is probable cause to believe that the Reporter (Rosen) has committed a violation” of the Espionage Act “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator of Mr. Kim.”

The search warrant asked U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to issue an order prohibiting the email provider from disclosing the issuance of the search warrant to Rosen or anyone else out of concern it would endanger the life and safety of an individual, lead to a possible flight from prosecution, destruction and tampering of evidence, intimidation of potential witnesses, “or otherwise seriously jeopardize the investigation.”

The Justice Department subsequently acknowledged that the Rosen search warrant was approved “at the highest levels of the Department.” DOJ further indicated that Holder wasn’t involved in the approval process although he was involved in some discussions.

During Holder’s appearance before the committee on May 15, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) asked the attorney general about the Justice Department’s intention to use the Espionage Act to prosecute members of the media for publishing classified material, a move that media outlets and others claim would have a chilling effect on the First Amendment.

In response, Holder said, “You got a long way to go to try to prosecute people, the press, for the publication of that material. Those prosecutions have not fared well in American history.” He subsequently added, “Well, I would say this. With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy.”

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Sure, you always get a search warrant for people you don't intend to prosecute.
I must say the Repubs are giving this filth Holder plenty of time to construct and finesse his lies. And of course tiny, petty little man Obama is way in the background.
What comes across is that this crew couldn't get even their corruption right, overreach and stupidity. Ahh, the broken myth of "progressive" superior intelligence, founded on nothing but fixation on huge centralized power.
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I can imagine (and hope for) a much worse week for Holder: He gets forced to resign, indicted, tried and convicted and left penniless for the rest of his miserable life.
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It's getting more obvious that this scandal goes all the way to Obama. Believe me, the whole truth will come out. However, the "I" word shouldn't be used just yet.
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I have no idea if it was his worst week ever, but here's hoping it doesn't hold a candle to the weeks to come.
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What I find to be the most interesting thing about Holders
tenure as AG. Is that he has been a marginal contributor at
best. He hasn't taken on any major cases. He hasn't pursued
the banks. He hasn't led the team to do one thing considered
to be important in the eyes of his cabinet, or the American
People. The Citizens of this country view him like they do the
IRS. Time for Holder to Resign. Then come back around to the
various committees. And Bury Obama. Now that would be worth
waiting for.
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Their native language is lies.

Holder can't tell the truth because his forked tongue gets in the way.
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This guy has a documented case of lying about the Fast & Furious scandal that cost at least one American his life. When a wistle blowr called him out he retracted his story and wrote a letter to change his testimony. If this were the only case it may be forgivable, however, it is getting clearer that he and the Adminstration are anything but transparent. We now have the James Rosen, AP, IRS all which are HIS direct responsibily to manage. When people compare this admin to Nixon's, don't forget, Watergate, as bad as it was, did not cause anyone to lose their lives. He should GO now, and maybe the President can get out from under this cloud of deceit.
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WHO GIVES A SH#T ABOUT HOLDER'S WORST WEEK EVER?

The good ole US of A is suffering from the most dangerous AG ever.
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"Holder’s Worst Week Ever?"
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I hope not.

I'm hoping it gets even worse for him. And hoping he takes Obummer down with him. I'd be willing to bet Holder has lots on The Won.
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Asking Holder, Lerner, Carney, Miller or any other employee of this administration a question is futile. They simply cannot give a straight answer. They have no credibility. We don't know what "is" means on steroids. No answer is what it appears to be. All lies are explained away. Answers are riddles.
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"I would not lay all of the blame at Obama's door since the growth and intrusiveness of the Fed government has been ongoing for a long time."

If you're implying that Obama is clueless and cannot be held to account as a result ... that's a real shame. Most all of these morons know full well what they're doing ... you just said so yourself - they've had years of practice and now they've jumped the shark. Obama is guilty of treason by participation.






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