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Holder: No Written Recusal on AP Phone Record Grab
Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2013 | Matthew Boyle

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 don’t 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. “I’m not sure,” Holder answered when Smith asked him on which date he recused himself. “I think it was the beginning of – I don’t 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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: firstamendment; holder; impeachnow; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills
'Cause attorneys NEVER want it in writing...

You just gotta BELIEVE me!

1 posted on 05/15/2013 2:27:20 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


2 posted on 05/15/2013 2:32:23 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

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.


3 posted on 05/15/2013 2:35:41 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


4 posted on 05/15/2013 2:35:48 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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?

Can’t remember.

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.


5 posted on 05/15/2013 2:37:17 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: originalbuckeye

“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.”

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.


6 posted on 05/15/2013 2:38:06 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Another blatant lie from the top law officer in the country.


7 posted on 05/15/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

A first-year law student knows that if it ain’t in writing, it don’t exist.


8 posted on 05/15/2013 2:38:56 PM PDT by abb
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To: Marcella
They do it so often they get caviler.

“hey, I did the last two, its your turn.”

9 posted on 05/15/2013 2:39:01 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

So it never happened....Holder is lying.


10 posted on 05/15/2013 2:40:37 PM PDT by tioga
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To: LucianOfSamasota

This is like a childish version of “I take the 5th.”


11 posted on 05/15/2013 2:41:08 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Waterboard the lying bastard. He won’t drown unless he’s guilty.


12 posted on 05/15/2013 2:42:51 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


13 posted on 05/15/2013 2:45:39 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: RinaseaofDs

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...


14 posted on 05/15/2013 2:48:35 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Zoe Lofgren? Zoe Lofgren (D)??

Hmm, maybe this thing has legs...

15 posted on 05/15/2013 2:54:53 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Eric’s fingers were crossed when he recused himself, too.

A new broom sweeps clean.

We need a new broom.


16 posted on 05/15/2013 2:55:00 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Jim Robinson
Waterboard the lying bastard. He won’t drown unless he’s guilty.

It won't be effective on Holder - manure floats!

17 posted on 05/15/2013 2:56:52 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: abb

If it ain’t writ, it ain’t sh++


18 posted on 05/15/2013 3:00:18 PM PDT by StAntKnee (Add your own danged sarc tag)
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To: LucianOfSamasota; Red Steel; David; GreatOne; GlockThe Vote; Spaulding; ExTexasRedhead; ...
...Attorney General Eric Holder said there is nothing in writing verifying he actually recused himself from the Associated Press phone records seizure scandal.

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?

19 posted on 05/15/2013 3:02:41 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: LucianOfSamasota

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.


20 posted on 05/15/2013 3:03:44 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

He bought himself some time then. He had to know that would happen.

Somebody needs to start locking down servers and file cabinets.


21 posted on 05/15/2013 3:09:47 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Cyclone59
RE: the press is only upset because it's them this time

Yes, but that's the beauty of it, Cyclone59. Usually, the press doesn't see any problem with totalitarianism until it's too late to save a country. They haven't bothered to report countless serious Obama scandals. Now, suddenly, if they don't report this with the gravity it deserves, they are TOAST. It isn't their credibility at stake, it's their very lives.

22 posted on 05/15/2013 3:13:15 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: LucianOfSamasota

He was for recusing himself before he was against recusing himself.


23 posted on 05/15/2013 3:28:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: justiceseeker93; freekitty; flat; unkus; gonzo; ZULU; IrishMike; bevperl; MamaDearest; ...

In my opinion, Holder investigating anything is like Adolf Eichmann investigating the gas chambers at Auschwitz!!! Same goes for anyone in this thug Regime.


24 posted on 05/15/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: LucianOfSamasota

And every time this Admin investigates themselves they cannot find ANYTHING they have done wrong...........


25 posted on 05/15/2013 4:16:34 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Well, this was a Double Secret Recusal. You won’t find those in writing.


26 posted on 05/15/2013 4:19:04 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: LucianOfSamasota

If it is not in writing it did not happen.


27 posted on 05/15/2013 4:23:00 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Jim Robinson

If he recused himself and his 2nd in command did the deed, why hasn’t Holder FIRED his 2nd in command?


28 posted on 05/15/2013 5:00:01 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: justiceseeker93
" Is this another instance of Orwellian Newspeak? "

O'biewellian talking points/NewsLie/Newspeak.


Now there, fixed.
29 posted on 05/15/2013 5:52:35 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: RinaseaofDs

Can I “ “recuse” myself by calling him and Obie A$$ holes ?


30 posted on 05/15/2013 5:55:24 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: justiceseeker93
coining a new usage for "recuse" merely to escape responsibility for the Associated Press matter? Is this another instance of Orwellian Newspeak?

Yeah. He's his own judge and jury.

31 posted on 05/15/2013 8:08:36 PM PDT by thecodont
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