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May 26, 2013 - 4:50 pm

That’s what Senator Tom Coburn said on Face the Nation on Sunday of Eric Holder leading the investigation into the Justice Department seizure of phone records from AP reporters and other journalists.

The Hill:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Sunday said that Attorney General Eric Holder should not be in charge of investigating the Justice Department’s (DOJ) seizure of communication records of journalists who reported on classified information.

“You cannot investigate yourself,” said Coburn on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think it’s a total conflict of interest.”
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President Obama has stated that Holder is investigating claims that the DOJ overreached in its efforts to tamp down on leaks of confidential information.

Coburn stopped short of calling for special prosecutor to look into the claims that the DOJ breach reporters’ rights to privacy, as some Republicans lawmakers have done, however. But he insisted that someone other than Holder should lead the review.

“It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t investigate it,” Coburn said. “And it shouldn’t mean we shouldn’t be tough on that. But allowing the very person that authorized the two things that we are aware today to investigate whether or not he did that appropriately is inappropriate.

“I think we need to separate it from the attorney general, since the decisions were made by him or under him,” Coburn continued. “There’s an inherent conflict of interest in me judging whether or not I did something and reporting to the president.”

The criticism of the DOJ stems from an investigation of Fox News’s Washington correspondent James Rosen after he wrote a story in 2009 claiming that U.S. intelligence officials believed North Korea would likely test more nuclear weapons.

The agency allegedly kept track of Rosen’s phone records and visits to the State Department to trace the source of the leak.

Rosen was also dubbed a potential “criminal co-conspirator” in a warrant signed by Holder to allow law enforcement to seize the reporter’s private emails.

In a separate leak investigation, the DOJ also secretly seized over two months of phone records of Associated Press reporters.

Coburn is only reviewing the first act of this comedy. The second act is Obama putting Holder in charge of developing new DOJ guidelines for investigating journalists. The hubris is breathtaking.

Holder investigating himself to ferret out wrongdoing by himself has no parallel in recent history. We’ll all be pleased when the AG issues his report clearing himself and the Obama administration.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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"Holder investigating himself to ferret out wrongdoing by himself has no parallel in recent history." Not to worry! Holder is a ferret. Who better to ferret out a ferret than a ferret?
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WHEN YOU LIE, WHILE TRYING TO GRAB THE MORAL HIGH GROUND, THERE IS ONLY ONE CONCLUSION:
You're a Dem.
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Latest big middle finger Dear Liar is showing to America.
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He should have been forced out after his ruling about the Black Panthers.
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Its not that I don't trusts Holder, but if he was alone in a elevator and smelled a fart, he would deny it was him...recuse me!
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"Holder investigating himself to ferret out wrongdoing by himself has no parallel in recent history."
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You haven't lived near Chicago if you believe that. Just keep in mind that obama is just another chicago punk, along with his gang.
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It is not true that you can't investigate your own self. I have personally investigated myself often. It is mere circumstance that resulted in undue exonerations on each occasion.
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Maybe he can team up with O.J. Simpson. O.J. is looking for his wife's murderer and Holder is investigating himself. I can't imagine what two fine minds like that acting in tandem couldn't do.

The truth is out there.
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Hell no Holder can not investigate this matter he is in charge of a corrupt organization therefore there needs to be a special prosecutor to examine the entire DOJ starting with "Fast & Furious" gun walking into Mexico and other coverups this should occupy the rest of Obama's administration and get rid of Holder in the interim!
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I think it is frankly a brilliant way to reduce crime statistics and drastically improve the fiscal burdens of our criminal justice system, courts and prisons.

Have EVERY criminal put in charge of investigating his own wrongdoing.

Impose the honor system on those with no honor in the first place. Why, in a matter of months we can free the court system of the need for 99% of trials and costly police work. We can put the homeless into the buildings we built for prisoners and feed them three squares a day and give them exercise facilities, healthcare and library access.

Nobody will ever be convicted of another crime.

Absolutely brilliant, if you ask me. And Holder can be the poster child for The Honor System With No Honor.
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But, but, but........ if you cannot investigate yourself, how else can you prove you're innocent and those that condemn you are evil, racist, bigots?
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in holder's eyes, it really takes one to know one (self). kinda gives a new incestuous like meaning to an old cliche'.

in other historical news, chairman mao has assured citizens that he will ferret out reports of malfeasance within the peoples' government. he pledges 'heads will roll'.

in rome, caesar is getting heavy criticism from the senate as he laughs at critics and insures loyal citizens he wants no part of being a dictator, whereby completely destroying the republic.
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The Unqualified USUPER and his corrupt REGIME exemplified by the RACIST corrupt DOJ Eric Holder have nothing but CONTEMPT for the American people and this obscenity of having Holder investigate Holder is only yet one MORE example of that CONTEMPT.
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