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WH Claims Eric Holder Didn’t Lie To Congress

From Reuters:

Obama administration disputes charge attorney general lied

By Steve Holland and David Ingram | June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday pushed back against Republican accusations that Attorney General Eric Holder lied during a congressional appearance last month about his involvement in leak investigations that involved reporters.

As usual, the news media only report the charge of Holder lying to Congress in order to defend him. Before the White House concocted this response, we heard next to nothing about Holder’s previous testimony in the mainstream media.

Republican lawmakers have called Holder’s credibility into question by alleging that he failed to tell the truth in testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department’s secret seizures of journalist records.

Holder told the committee on May 15 that he was not involved in the potential prosecution of a reporter under the 1917 Espionage Act.

More exactly, Holder said: "First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… 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."

Reports later surfaced that he had signed off on a search warrant and a subpoena for the records of Fox News reporter James Rosen…

That is, Holder was caught in a boldfaced lie, since the warrant specifically mentioned that Rosen was a potential co-conspirator in order to justify their fishing expedition.

In a letter to Republican lawmakers on Monday, a Justice Department official wrote that prosecutors never sought to file criminal charges against Rosen despite the FBI describing him in an affidavit as a co-conspirator in espionage.

But there was still a "potential prosecution," wasn’t there? Unless words no longer have any meaning.

"At no time during the pendency of this matter – before or after seeking the search warrant – have prosecutors sought approval to bring criminal charges against the reporter," wrote Peter Kadzik, a deputy assistant attorney general, without naming Rosen…

No, the FBI always calls people "co-conspirators" in their search warrants. It’s fun.

Monday’s letter from Kadzik said that because prosecutors never sought to bring charges against Rosen, Holder’s testimony "was accurate and consistent with these facts."

Kadzik also wrote, "We are unaware of an instance when the department has prosecuted a journalist for the mere publication of classified information." …

Again, Mr. Holder said "potential prosecution." Whenever the FBI calls someone a co-conspirator in a felony there is "potential prosecution."

By the way, note that Reuters used a photo of Eric Holder with a ‘halo.’ They are so subtle.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WH Claims Eric Holder Didn’t Lie To Congress”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    He wouldn’t get a blindfold nor a last cigarette.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Astounding to me Holder didn’t instantly burst into flames

  3. untrainable says:

    …alleging that he failed to tell the truth.
    No. They’re openly and overtly saying without hesitation that our current serving attorney general is a lying sack of guano… without the sac.

    The linguistic gymnastics that the press goes through to avoid the words LIE and LIAR, if they weren’t so dangerous in the long run, would be almost funny. If you want to see what’s going to be on the nightly news these days, check twitter and believe whatever Carney tells you. If you want to know the truth… READ SWEETNESS AND LIGHT. :-)

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