Skip to comments.Second thoughts? Reporter says Eric Holder is "soul searching" after signing off on snooping
Posted on 05/28/2013 10:23:04 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
Attorney General Eric Holder has been under intense fire lately, having to answer for his involvement in several scandals, including two separate media cases with the Associated Press and a Fox News reporter. But now a new report paints him as deeply convicted even sorry over at least one of them.
Although Holder had recused himself of the case where phone records of several Associates Press editors and reporters were obtained, he personally signed off on the search warrant that allowed emails from Fox News James Rosen to be released. Rosen was not made aware of the warrant for his emails, which were part of an investigation of State Department adviser Stephen Kim, who faces charges of leaking secret information about North Korea.
The Daily Beast in a recent feature said Holder is soul searching, wondering if he should have signed for Rosens emails in the first place. It stated the gravity of the situation to Holder didnt really hit him until Monday last week when he read the Washington Posts report exposing the affidavit that labeled Rosen as at the very least an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.
Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by the twin leak probes; but, according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse, the Daily Beast reported of Holder after he had read the Washington Posts article.
It stated that sources close to Holder claim he is stung by the leak controversy.
Ideas not excuses for why he did sign off on the warrant for Rosens emails are offered by the Daily Beast, such as the pressure to investigate and prevent leaks by the administration and gaps in the DOJs guidelines:
But ultimately none of that fully explains why Holder would have signed off on such a controversial search warrant. Holder, his aides say, believes there may also be a cultural factor at the root of his decision. Prosecutors tend to have a somewhat insular mindset, not always able to see clearly beyond the walls of their cases. They are often dogged investigators, trained to vacuum up as much evidence as possible to sustain convictions in courts of law. That sometimes means taking maximum advantage of every law and procedural rule. It also can mean seeing every activity of those in their sights through a more sinister lens than may be justified.
Holder and the Justice Department have said they will be conducting investigations into both cases and are taking more proactive measures to restore the Justice Departments reputation.
While both of these cases were handled within the law and according to Justice Department guidelines, Holder told The Daily Beast, they are reminders of the unique role the news media plays in our democratic system, and signal that both our laws and guidelines need to be updated.
This is an opportunity for the department to consider how we strike the right balance between the interests of law enforcement and freedom of the press, he said.
To start, Holder is inviting major media representatives to meet, perhaps this week, in an effort to get their thoughts and ideas about updating the departments leak investigation guidelines.
Look, Eric sees himself fundamentally as a progressive, not some Torquemada out to silence the press, an unidentified friend said, referencing a famous chief inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.
Too bad he didn’t do so when working on Waco and Ruby Ridge and then get a job serving coffee.
Have you looked for your soul in Satan’s lock box, Eric? I have a hunch that’s where you misplaced it.
Ha! He can’t search for something that’s not there.
Should be job searching and doing laundry or making license plates should be the options.
“he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse”
Right. More like the creeping sense of paranoia that comes just before you get thrown under the bus.
Yeah, Holder doesn’t understand why the MSM isn’t standing with him like they usually do... (Eric: they’re waking up...)
And he’s upset about being caught lying under oath. Usually dems just brush that off like they did with Clinton...
He knows something’s changed - just doesn’t know what it is...
Yet another Lie from Eric the Red.
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An enemy of the Republic lies and folks swallow his lies. And then there’s Eric the commie Holder doing what his little barry demigod does, lie repeatedly. Little barry bastard boy sets the theme for his regime then we’re surprised that Holder lies like this, to appeal to emotion in his twisted democrip fashion?
So try again,Scooter.Are you now "soul searching" or just following instructions from Osama Obama's "war room"?
Ooops...typo.”Sould” = “soul”
It stated that sources close to Holder claim he is stung by the leak controversy.
He said it.
So much BS, such little bandwidth.
translation: It’s slowly dawning on him that he’s gonna have to go under that bus in order to shield the Great and Powerful Oz.
Shouldn’t take too long.
The US Attorney General is disappointed in what Eric Holder has done but doesn’t think he should resign.
Blame it on the autopen.
He can feel stung about it sitting in a jail cell.
He’s searching deep - in his law books - to figure out a way to wiggle out of this mess he created.
That reptile has no soul to search.
Didn’t Holder ignore voter intimidation of whites by the Black Panthers too? The MSM might want to go back and take a look at that situation too.
This man is a crook. He's the top law enforcement over ALL of us. This man should go to jail.
He has a soul? Who knew?
IMO, he’s in the process of being offered a nice golden parachute and will resign very, very soon.
Guy is a Constitutional Wrecking Crew. What a waste of 4 1/2 years.
Leftoids are almost always repentant once they are caught.
Well..... maybe not.
But at least they sometimes act repentant.
Well..... At least some of them.
Okay - maybe just a few.
Wouldn’t that be racist or something - “soul searching”? Can we say that? /s
He won’t resign. Fast and Furious. He lied, was called back and said he misspoke. He was given a pass. He will no doubt be given the same exact pass because to do else wise would be racist.
Martin Luther King Jr. Isn't The Only One With A Dream
“But now a new report paints him as deeply convicted”
I don’t think he has been officially convicted of anything yet - but this too shall pass! ;-)
People shouldn’t be a protected class of people for being a Democrat or for being a black person.
By their own actions and merits you either praise them or throw them out on a case by case basis.
Why isn’t this process all color and party blind?
The American people are being shafted IMO.
I see what they're doing there.
Kind of sad, after all these years of On the Job Training and they still haven’t learned their job. I hope at least Eric is bouncing around the idea in his rat shaped head that he is incompetent.
‘Second thoughts’ doesn’t excuse anyone from WHAT THEY DID.
He can have his second thoughts while sitting in a Federal Prison.
lol...will send around
Most Criminals are sorry about getting caught red handed.
Functional psychopaths are master manipulators. They learn to mimic normal human emotion and to laugh or cry on cue. Many are attracted to the legal profession and politics, roles that allow them to exercise power over others.
Well, Inspector Javert, maybe you should go jump off a bridge?
Sociopaths don’t exhibit remorse.
Cause something is happening
And you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Holder?
The Daily Beast in a recent feature said Holder is soul searching, wondering if he should have signed for Rosens emails in the first place. It stated the gravity of the situation to Holder didnt really hit him until Monday last week when he read the Washington Posts report exposing the affidavit that labeled Rosen as at the very least an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.If he had to read that in the paper because it hadn't occurred to him, why is he qualified to even BE the AG?
Your Freudian Slip is showing....
I think that's supposed to be "conflicted.")