Skip to comments.Obtaining AP phone records required Holder’s approval
Posted on 05/14/2013 10:48:34 AM PDT by chessplayer
The DOJs U.S. Attorneys Manual is quite clear on this point:
The Attorney Generals authorization is normally required before the issuance of any subpoena to a member of the news media or for the telephone toll records of a member of the news media. However, in those cases where the media member or his or her representative agrees to provide the material sought and that material has been published or broadcast, the United States Attorney or the responsible Assistant Attorney General may authorize issuance of the subpoena, thereafter submitting a report to the Office of Public Affairs detailing the circumstances surrounding the issuance of the subpoena .
Because this probe was secret, the second condition was not met, meaning that Holders approval was necessary. The manual goes on to explain:
Department attorneys seeking the Attorney Generals authorization to issue a subpoena to a member of the news media, or for telephone toll records of a media member, must submit a written request summarizing the facts of the prosecution or investigation, explaining the essentiality of the information sought to the investigation or prosecution, describing attempts to obtain the voluntary cooperation of the news media through negotiation and explaining how the proposed subpoena will be fashioned as narrowly as possible to obtain the necessary information in a manner as minimally intrusive and burdensome as possible.
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Time to get Holder’s impeachment papers ready. That corrupt bastard needs to go.
Rush nailed it early this afternoon: if they would have asked, the AP would have gladly GIVEN this information to Obama.
In going after the laughably partisan media, Holder is definitely hammering the goose that lays the golden eggs.
I hope Sally Sweelies likes very rough sex, she's gonna get a lot of it!
(This picture was taken back when the relationship was more, how shall I put it?, consensual)
I suspect AP will find that Obama, Holder and Co. can make Castro* look like a saint...
*Ariel, Fidel, whatever...
Wanna bet that approval authorization form will be missing in action.
Because it involves them. It is the same reason why a reporter in a war zone is an international hero to them while a soldier means little. Because it is one of theirs.
Because now it’s their credibility on the line. They carried the water for Obama and now he’s turning on them. The first law of a Leftist is to get rid of the ones that got you into power because they’re the ones who know where the bodies are buried that’ll sink you.
Seems like all of Obama’s executive power grabs go straight through him.
“The Attorney Generals authorization is normally required”
DOJ can say this wasn’t a normal case.
He is trying to claim in live presser now that he recused himself from AP case months ago....he is lying.
You make a good point.
Several FReepers have mentioned that the Dems have ceased to consider Republicans as a threat and are beginning their internal purges like Stalin did.
What were they looking for at AP?
Apparently, the claim is that Holder recused himself from approving the subpoena because he had already testified to Congress about the leak that was supposedly at the center of the request.
Now they will try to to say that because he recused himself, he was not responsible and had no knowledge. But that is not the case. In order to recuse himself, he had to know about the subpoena in the first place. Just because he did not actually sign the actual subpoena request does not absolve him of all knowledge and responsibility in the situation.
Who was leaking WH information. Otoh they ignored the 3-4 staff members related to executives in the MSM
Aaaand Holder says he’s recused. Nothing to see here, move along.
ah...that makes sense. As thin-skinned as Obama is and how strongly they want to control leaks...
Funny, just as I’m typing this, Rush confirms what you said. Leaks about failed terror plots was leaked and DOJ wanted to know who was talking to the AP. Dang, you’re good ;-)
Of course it did. Everything requires approval somewhere along the chain of command line. This definitely had to go to the top.
Don't kid yourselves...this goes to the oval orifice..where the buck should be stopped. Impeachment is the answer. Even if it fails it sends a strong message. The scope of this administrations misuse of power is incalculable. What are you waiting for Republicans...permission from the NYT?
Parts of the American Press are waking up...
This was about Islamic terrorism. It was not political. This shows that the Obama State Department supports Islamic terrorism more then it supports freedom of the press or freedom of speech. We saw that during Benghazi when they falsely accused some obscure video grapher instead of Islam.
Nope. It doesn’t work that way. The process for electronic intercepts, subpoenas for phone records, etc. are very specifically laid out under DOJ guidelines. Many moving parts involved initiating and maintain such investigative activity. Any departure from established regs or unauthorized investigations are deemed a criminal offense. Jail time. Nobody launches something like this without air cover, and hard copy, hand signed paperwork.
This investigation and Grand Jury has been going for almost a year. They better come up with something real fast. How long did Fitzpatrick take to indict Scooter Libby?
You owe me a keyboard. (the Georgio jpeg)
So somebody is going to be wearing orange?
However if the public outrage lasts long, Eric Holder could be replaced, it will be harder for Obama to pick the right enforcer (as Holder is a perfect fit for Obama), but there are plenty thuggish types in the leftist volunteer pool.
That excuse might work - Spokeskid might want to run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it
...”the Obama State Department supports Islamic terrorism more then it supports freedom of the press or freedom of speech”.....
They are in bed with any who will maintain them or advance them to positions (jobs) they covet...and that on the Global stage as well.
The press, the people are simply pawns to move on the board.
The original story was written in May of 2012. There were five reporters on the byline (and assume a couple editors). But the DOJ sought records for April and May for about 20 reporters, and for main offices in New York, Washington and Hartford CN, including the office that handles correspondence with Congress.
This was a fishing expedition under cover of a leak investigation.
There is a lot more to this story that has not been uncovered, yet.
Guess I should have said Obama Justice Department, but State Department also works. Heck, both seem to be operating on the same page. We are very close to all out war against DC. And we have 2/3 of the planet on our side.
Absolutely. Title III violations are a big “effing” deal. You can bet that as we speak, there’s more than a few attorneys over at DOJ scrambling like crabs on a hot stove.
Holder and Valerie Jarret.
What’s she been up to.
Makes sense. I can't conceive of how the current crop of republicans could be regarded as a threat to anyone or anything.
I'been wondering the same thing. Why now? Why not years ago?
Force him to resign and charge him with CIVIL RIGHTS CRIMES!!!!!!
WHEN YOU ARE THE NUMBER ONE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT IN THE USA... YOU CANNOT RECUSE YOURSELF FROM KNOWING OF AN ACT OF TREASON AND DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT... AND VIOLATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS TREASON.
......time for let’s make a deal. ...... Whistle blowers united against BOs team. Summer should be hotter then normal. New meaning to globe -— all warming!
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Eric Holder could literally be charged with a civil rights crime, requiring him to list/tally him personal property, assets, vehicles, on-and-on, etc.
Well, Obama sure didn’t know about it. He just learned about it from the newspapers, just like you and me. He’s outraged by this behavior, and finds it unacceptable. He is determined to get to the bottom of this.
The all-important orders are given verbally, or better yet, by a wink or a nod.
No record. No traceability. Plausible denial.