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Bridget Johnson


June 6, 2013 - 8:11 am

Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview aired on NBC this morning that he has “no intention” of stepping down in the wake of revelations that his department spied on reporters.

“I’m a little concerned that things have gotten a little — a little out of whack,” he said of the rules governing leak investigations.

Holder said the law that required that Fox News’ James Rosen to be referred to as an abetter or co-conspirator to get a search warrant should be changed.

“So that you never call a reporter, who is simply doing his or her job in gathering news, a criminal. That is not something I’m comfortable with. I’m not comfortable with guidelines, with rules, with laws that would force us to do something like that,” he told NBC.

The attorney general also claimed that news media should have a chance to oppose record requests before they’re carried out.

“To make them aware of the fact that this is information that we are seeking, and allow them to raise any objections, any concerns that they have,” he said. “And I don’t think that our prosecutions are necessarily going to be put at risk by — by sharing that information, by making those notifications more frequently than we have.”

Holder is testifying this morning before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Justice Department’s FY 2014 budget request.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at yesterday’s briefing that Holder “absolutely” has the confidence of President Obama.

“He’s doing an excellent job, as I made clear when I was asked about this yesterday and pointed to a statement by Denis McDonough, the attorney general has the full confidence of the president of the United States and is handling his job very well,” Carney said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Holder sounds just like the anti-war guy in Forrest Gump, when he's beating up Jenny: "I'm sorry, but it's just the SOB Johnson!"

Yes, yes, if one of the other judges would have given you what you want, without having to declare a reporter a felon or terrorist. Tsk, tsk, these sticky laws are the problem; Holder is a good man doing a good job.

Hey sport. I can hear Obama warming up the bus. Maybe you should take your pictures home from your office, just in case.
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