Skip to comments.Holder: No Written Recusal on AP Phone Record Grab
Posted on 05/15/2013 2:27:20 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there is nothing in writing verifying he actually recused himself from the Associated Press phone records seizure scandal.
We looked, Holder said when being questioned by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). I dont think there is anything in writing with regard to my recusal.
Lofgren was asking Holder to explain why Deputy Attorney General James Cole had the authority to authorize the subpoena to secretly seize phone records of at least 20 AP reporters and editors over a two month period when federal code requires the Attorney General himself to sign off on such a subpoena.
Holder said that upon his recusal, the power was technically delegated to Cole, who became the acting Attorney General on this investigation.
But later in the hearing, during questioning from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Holder said he does not remember when he recused himself. Im not sure, Holder answered when Smith asked him on which date he recused himself. I think it was the beginning of I dont know exactly when. Holder said the only person he told he told about his recusal was Cole. When Smith asked whether he did that formally, or in writing, Holder replied no.
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You just gotta BELIEVE me!
He knows everything has to go on paper, there has to be a record. He didn’t want a record, that’s why it isn’t there.
He says he doesn’t know when he said it. That’s because he, on purpose, didn’t put it on paper so it could be nailed down.
I think he just made it all up so he cannot be held accountable. I don’t know when I recused myself and I didn’t put it in writing, but I know I did it.
Show me an AG who can, like a Judge, “recuse” himself... and I’ll show you a president that can “deem” congress in session when it suits him.
This recusal business isn’t going to fly. The press isn’t going to let it fly.
No tickie, no washie. I’d hold him in contempt of Congress. Might has well called ‘Shotgun!’
Is that how it works, you just call it? I call ‘recusal’.
Oh, OK, when did you call it?
Did anybody here you call it?
Not sure, maybe Cole.
Oh, well, in that case, you didn’t call it, and your ass is in the sling my tanned comrade.
“I think he just made it all up so he cannot be held accountable. I dont know when I recused myself and I didnt put it in writing, but I know I did it.”
That’s what I was trying to say but you said it clearer. When it came up what happened, he backdated a lie to say he recused himself. If he had, it would be on paper.
Another blatant lie from the top law officer in the country.
A first-year law student knows that if it ain’t in writing, it don’t exist.
“hey, I did the last two, its your turn.”
So it never happened....Holder is lying.
This is like a childish version of “I take the 5th.”
Waterboard the lying bastard. He won’t drown unless he’s guilty.
If he didn’t put it in writing then it should not apply until the date he does put it in writing. It should be that simple.
Zoe from CA read a law that says recusal has to be in writing and began challenging Holder on this point. He evaded and finally admitted that it was not in writing and he didn’t know when he recused himself, to whom, or for what...
Zoe Lofgren? Zoe Lofgren (D)??
Hmm, maybe this thing has legs...
Eric’s fingers were crossed when he recused himself, too.
A new broom sweeps clean.
We need a new broom.
It won't be effective on Holder - manure floats!
If it ain’t writ, it ain’t sh++
Maybe I'm missing something here, but I've never seen the verb "recuse" used without some reference to a judge. Is Holder, who is an executive branch official, coining a new usage for "recuse" merely to escape responsibility for the Associated Press matter? Is this another instance of Orwellian Newspeak?
The press is only upset about this becuase they are the ones being spied upon. When it was us everyday joes and jills, they could have cared less. I have often said that the only time that the press will get involved is when this administration steps on their feet. Well they have and look who is bitching up a storm.