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May 24, 2013 - 8:58 am

During friendly questioning from Rep. Hank “I fear that Guam will capsize!” Johnson in Congress last week, Attorney General Eric Holder offered the following statement.

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.

He made that statement before the facts about the sweep on Fox News’ James Rosen were known. Since then, it’s come to light that Holder himself approved the subpoena that, among other things, named Rosen as a criminal co-conspirator.

So, Eric Holder lied under oath before a congressional hearing.

In addition to that, he may have intentionally misled a judge in the request of Rosen’s phone records according to Jennifer Rubin.

[T]he affidavit (paragraph 45) asserts that DOJ exhausted all means available to get the material from Rosen’s e-mails and phone, and “because of [Rosen's] own potential criminal liability in this matter,” asking for the documents voluntarily would compromise the integrity of the investigation. Moreover, the affidavit asserts that the “targets” of the investigation (including Rosen) were a risk to “mask their identity and activity, flee or otherwise obstruct this investigation.” It is highly questionable whether Holder believed any of that to be true. (Really, he imagined a Fox News reporter would flee the country? He thought Rosen would don a disguise?) Was the affidavit a sort of ruse to get Rosen’s records (or later to pressure his cooperation)? Did Holder intentionally mislead a judge when he signed off on the affidavit? That is worth exploring.

President Obama put himself on the record regarding the DOJ’s actions against journalists Thursday, declaring himself sufficiently “troubled” to order Holder to look into the matter. Eric Holder will be investigating Eric Holder to determine if Eric Holder lied under oath and misrepresented facts before a federal judge.

That won’t do.

Eric Holder must resign, and he must face investigation and probable prosecution.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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As for Holder's statements you're right. Theres obviously a difference between solicitation and disclosure. But the question of how much protection the press should have to develop sources is important too. At the end of the day there is no classified information that gets to a reporter without their at least agreeing to be given that info.

Wheres the line? Sure reporters cant be bugging the oval office, but forming relationships with sources hardly seems out of bounds.
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Not concerned that the sitting attorney general is proven to have lied under oath, eh?
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This is very well said, thank you.

"They live and work, and especially speak, in a never-never land where words mean different things.."
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If truth be known, I think we'll find Holder never recused himself from the AP case. Show me the paperwork.
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O believes the lies he tells, according to past statements the he, O, does indeed believe said lies. Holder is an entirely different breed of cat. Holder lies to cover his arse with misdirection and obfuscation. Intentionally. On purpose. Of course, O does this also. O is delusional. Delusion is sincere denial and with this O is not privy to his own secrets maintained by silence. Silent secrets lead to more denial. Unfortunately, we see this drama emerge each time O or Holder take the stage.
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Holder lies to congress every time he goes up there. He's nonchalant about it for he knows they're not serious about anything and will do nothing about it.
We are living under a criminal mob and this is the way things are under a cleptocracy. Obama indicated yesterday that the Holder justice deparment is going to be investigating Holder. I think we know how that will turn out.
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Oaf lies under Oath
film at eleven.

... only, well, maybe not, grabbing AP phone logs does not mean he ever meant to prosecute AP reporters, but wanted to know where they got the info so they could launch a drone missile at them.

mebbe.
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To heck with resignation. I want Holder to have the honor of being the first cabinet member impeached and removed from office. he so richly deserves it.
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can't be the first impeached (sec war 1876, belknap), but he can be the first convicted and removed. that'll donkey. that'll do.
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Gangster government, pure and simple. Or a thugocracy, with Eric "Stinkfist" Holder as chief racket enforcer.

Nixon was a choirboy in comparison to the Chicago Combine.

Come 2016, the USA will be a one-party state: either because the D party will cement a de facto dictatorship or because nobody will trust them anymore near the levers of government. The first will be the death of the USA as we know it, while the second... is only barely less disastrous for those who can foresee the corruption of the GOP that will be the inevitable outcome of any one party's unchallenged rule.
But perhaps the GOP will fragment into a big-govt conservative party and a libertarian-leaning Tea Party --- and this will become the principal political fault line of the future, with left-liberalism discredited forever. One can dream, I suppose...
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Eric Holder will be investigating Eric Holder to determine if Eric Holder lied under oath and misrepresented facts before a federal judge.
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I begin to think that the way the "scandals" are being managed is another scandal: I think that the regime is trying to scare all of us, with a show of force.
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Congress has the power to impeach and remove cabinet officers. Lying to Congress under oath is an impeachable offense. That said, the current House will not impeach Holder - the Republican leadership will never go that far even when circumstances are clear, so Senate conviction is a moot point.
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I expect the explanation for this is that Holder speaks "lawyer" rather than "English". He probably excluded the Rosen mention in the subpoena because they had no intention of indicting Rosen; they were naming him as an "unindicted coconspirator" so that they could charge his source with conspiracy. I'm not a lawyer myself, but sometimes I can serve as a translator. They live and work, and especially speak, in a never-never land where words mean different things...
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