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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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.
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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.
Most excellent. TY
Didn't Holder say that Fast and Furious was run out of a rogue office in Phoenix? Surely the agents in Phoenix knew that they didn't have the authorization to run guns into Mexico, but they did it anyway without Holder being in the loop, according to Holder.
Same with the Tampa office into Honduras.
For Holder to claim he didn't give his approval, he will have to jail somebody below him for abuse of power and unauthorized actions.
Will he do that?
No. He won’t. It’s all up to the Repubs. All they have to do is follow the money. All that you mentioned required high level of approvals within the State Department and DOJ (Hillary and Eric). Stuff that sensitive doesn’t spool up on its own. It takes funding. Lots of it. No field agent will do a high wire act like that without a net, and, most importantly, money. Official funds have to be approved and allocated to make the ops run. And, a Special Agent in Charge regularly reports to the Washington headquarters regarding caseload, agent assignments, expenditures of investigative resources and funding. Want to know who cleared this fustercluck? Ask the bean counters and funding gurus in the Office of Management and Budget.