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  • Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism

    10/10/2013 7:46:43 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    Associated Press via Drudge ^ | October 10, 2013 | By BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration. The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration's unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad. Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press."...
  • Kirk to Holder: Is DOJ spying on Congress? (& SCOTUS?)

    06/06/2013 9:34:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 186 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6 | Joel Gehrke
    “With all due respect, Senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss [this issue],” Holder replied during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., asked if the executive branch was conducting surveillance that would give “unique leverage” over lawmakers. Kirk replied that “the correct answer would be no, we stayed within our lane, and we did not spy on Members of Congress.” Holder assured Kirk that “there is no intention to do anything of that nature — that is, to spy on Members of Congress or to spy on the Supreme Court.”
  • Eric Holder and Occam’s Razor —“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate”

    06/04/2013 1:41:04 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    cfp ^ | 6/2/13 | Alan Caruba
    The 14th century philosopher William of Occam gained fame for what became known as “Occam’s Razor,” an axiom often stated as, “The simplest explanation is usually the best.” The original Latin—“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate” —adds some nuance. This translates roughly as “One ought not posit multiple variables unnecessarily.” Therein lies the explanation for Attorney General Eric Holder’s scandals, “Fast and Furious”, seizing the Associated Press phone records of editors and reporters, and the assertion that Fox News reporter, Jim Rosen, was a criminal “co-conspirator” in the leak of information from a State Department employee. Holder is no stranger...
  • Judiciary GOP: DOJ Defense of Holder Testimony Proof That He’s ‘Hiding from the Truth’

    06/03/2013 7:00:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 3, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner asked attorney general to explain May 15 statements to committee on reporter probes; what they got today was "insulting."Leading Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee received an “insulting” response from the Justice Department in response to their inquiry about whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself before their panel last month. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) asked Holder last Wednesday to explain the investigation of reporters in light of testimony he delivered at a May 15 oversight hearing. In response to a question from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about using the...
  • Obama administration disputes charge attorney general lied

    06/03/2013 4:10:59 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 3, 2013 | Steve Holland and David Ingram
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday pushed backed against Republican accusations that Attorney General Eric Holder lied during a congressional appearance last month about his involvement in leak investigations that involved reporters. Republican lawmakers have called Holder's credibility into question by alleging that he failed to tell the truth in testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department's secret seizures of journalist records.Holder told the committee on May 15 that he was not involved in the potential prosecution of a reporter under the 1917 Espionage Act. Reports later surfaced that he had signed off on...
  • Gwen Ifill: James Rosen Wanted "Secret Information For Secret Information's Sake" (video)

    06/03/2013 5:11:41 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | RealClearPolitics
    STEPHANOPOULOS: Gwen Ifill, the attorney general has tried to get on top of that this week, describing his -- friends describing a creeping sense of remorse over that targeting of James Rosen. He's met with several journalist organizations over the week on a kind of background basis, which has caused a lot of consternation with some. Is he going to have to go? GWEN IFILL: Well you know how, when it's about journalism, how kind of navel-gazy we get. STEPHANOPOULOS: Right, the public doesn't seem to care about this. IFILL: We care terribly, so it has to be important. But...
  • Holder's Seat Getting Hotter?

    06/03/2013 8:22:23 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 3, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Brokaw believes Team Obama may be executing a Beltway "two-step," where named administration officials stand by their man on the record, while deputies telegraph the White House's true sentiments on background. In this case, the Times reports that West Wing insiders are trying to nudge Holder toward the door, his central crime being political maladriotness. Their "apoplexy" over the Attorney General isn't on the merits of his terrible decisions and obvious dishonesty, mind you. They're cool with his behavior -- from pressing for Bush-era recriminations, to backing New York City trials for Al Qaeda leaders, to presiding over and misleading...
  • Deadline set for James Cole to detail Eric Holder’s recusal (No Response from Justice)

    06/02/2013 7:43:28 AM PDT · by BushCountry · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2013 | Jerry Seper
    In their letter, Mr. Goodlatte and Mr. Sensenbrenner asked Mr. Cole to document what day Mr. Holder had recused himself from the investigation; to explain how Mr. Cole learned of the recusal; to say whether Mr. Holder had specifically told Mr. Cole of his intent to recuse himself from the inquiry; and to say whether the recusal was made in writing or memorialized in any manner.
  • Eric Holder to media: I get it

    05/30/2013 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies
    Eric Holder to media: I get it By: Dylan Byers May 30, 2013 08:29 PM EDT Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern on Thursday about how the Department of Justice has handled recent media investigations at an off-the-record meeting with leading representatives of the press, according to those who were present. At the session, Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole expressed a willingness to revise the guidelines for such investigations, journalists present at the get-together told POLITICO. But Holder stopped short of offering any concrete changes to the guidelines. Instead, the Attorney General sought to assure the journalists that...
  • Not Satire: WaPo's Surreal Report on Holder's Off-the-Record "Press Freedom" Meeting

    05/31/2013 2:33:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies ^ | May 31, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Sean Higgins thinks this Washington Post " report " on Eric Holder's widely-boycotted confab with journalists is "beyond parody." Yeah, pretty much: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights. Holder’s commitment came at a private meeting with news executives after criticism that the Justice Department had infringed on the news media in several high-profile leak investigations. Participants said he told them officials would revise guidelines...
  • Goodlatte questions whether Justice lied on Fox News warrant

    05/31/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2013 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Friday questioned whether the Justice Department lied on its warrant to secretly obtain a Fox News reporter’s email and phone records. Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Chairman, is investigating whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in testimony to Congress about the DOJ’s investigation of a leak of classified information to Fox reporter James Rosen. The DOJ has said that Holder’s testimony was “accurate and consistent with the facts” in the case and that the DOJ never sought to press charges against Rosen in its prosecution of the alleged leaker, Stephen Kim. Goodlatte...
  • Report: Holder Tells Media He Will Protect First Amendment

    05/31/2013 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth Sheld
    Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to protect the first amendment rights of the media at a closed door, off-the-record meeting. The meeting took place with the media after it was revealed that the DOJ subpoenaed thousands of pages of AP reporter's phone records and obtained a secret warrant for FNC's James Rosen's (and his parents) phone records, emails and tracked his movement. Holder "pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights."
  • Keeping Up With Eric Holder

    05/30/2013 1:43:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Rich Lowry
    President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he's on the ball compared with his attorney general, who wouldn't know about his own poor judgment without reading about it in the papers. Let's hope he has a Google alert set for "Eric Holder." The website The Daily Beast interviewed the attorney general and Justice Department officials for a piece about how the AG is holding up in the firestorm over two controversial Justice Department leak investigations, one into The Associated Press, the other into Fox News reporter James Rosen. The...
  • Judge Lamberth granted DOJ's Rosen search warrant request - Also, rejected several Obama elig cases

    05/28/2013 7:46:12 PM PDT · by rxsid · 40 replies
    Several Sources ^ | 05/28/2013 | many
    First, the recent news... "Report: Holder Went Judge Shopping To Obtain Fox News Subpoenaby Larry O'Connor28 May 2013, 9:11 AM PDT The new documents show that two judges separately declared that the Justice Department was required to notify Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay. Otherwise: “The subscriber therefore will never know, by being provided a copy of the warrant, for example, that the government secured a warrant and searched the contents of her e-mail account,” Judge John M. Facciola wrote in an opinion rejecting the Obama Administration’s argument. Machen appealed that decision, and...
  • Did Eric Holder Also Lie... to a Judge? [VIDEO]

    05/30/2013 1:26:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    Ace of Spades Blog + Fox News ^ | May 30, 2013 | Ace + Krauthammer
    [Click Link for Video] It's very simple: In his warrant application, Holder claimed to be interested in investigating James Rosen as a coconspirator in an espionage case. In addition, he claimed Rosen was a "flight risk," which would justify even closer monitoring. Now he says he never had any intention of prosecuting Rosen. In other words: He now says he lied when he told the judge these things, in order to secure his license to snoop on Rosen. Well, which is it? If he never had any intention of prosecuting Rosen, the warrant application is a fraud on the court....
  • Why James Rosen Is Not Blameless

    05/30/2013 10:04:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Slate ^ | 05/30/2013 | By Fred Kaplan
    The Justice Department should not be chasing national security reporters. But those reporters have a responsibility, too. As Eric Holder wrings his hands in remorse over his feverish pursuit of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s phone records, it’s worth noting that, when it comes to national security leaks, some things are secret—and should be kept that way—for a reason. In Rosen’s case, the alarm bells went off not because he reported that North Korea was about to conduct a nuclear-weapons test but because he reported that the CIA learned of this fact from a source inside North Korea. In other...
  • Thousands and Thousands of Associated Press Phone Calls Monitored by DOJ

    05/29/2013 3:03:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/29/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press scandal just keeps getting worse, and we haven't even started yet. AP CEO Gary Pruitt informed staffers Wednesday that the Department of Justice monitored, not one, not twenty, but "thousands and thousands" of phone calls made by reporters and editors. Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included "thousands and thousands" of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. Pruitt said Wednesday that the Obama administration acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in...
  • Second thoughts? Reporter says Eric Holder is "soul searching" after signing off on snooping

    05/28/2013 10:23:04 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 70 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 28, 2013
    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...
  • Being Eric Holder - It’s hard to learn of your own poor judgment in the morning paper.

    05/29/2013 12:00:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 29, 2013 | Rich Lowry
    President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he’s on the ball compared with his attorney general, who wouldn’t know about his own poor judgment without reading about it in the papers. Let’s hope he has a Google alert set for “Eric Holder.” The website the Daily Beast interviewed the attorney general and Justice Department officials for a piece about how the AG is holding up in the firestorm over two controversial Justice Department leak investigations, one into the Associated Press, the other into Fox News reporter James Rosen. The...
  • Timeline of DOJ investigation of leaks, Fox News reporter

    05/29/2013 9:19:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/29/13 | Ryan Lizza
    CNN contributor Ryan Lizza digs into the timeline of the Justice Department's investigation of James Rosen. For more CNN videos, visit our site at
  • Associated Press Will Not Attends Off-the-Record DOJ Session (Holder PR Fiasco)

    05/29/2013 4:18:42 PM PDT · by kristinn · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Dylan Byers
    The Associated Press says it will not attend this week's off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder unless the Justice Department decides to change its mind and conduct the meeting on the record. "We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney General’s office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a...
  • Dem Party Communications Director: Press 'Forfeits [Their] Rights' if They Don't Meet with Holder

    05/29/2013 3:49:44 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 38 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/29/13 | Aurelius
    Eric Holder, who committed perjury when giving testimony to Congress about the AP-tapping scandal, has agreed to talk to the press. He only has one condition: it must be off-the-record, and no one outside of the room must ever know what happened. In response, the New York Times has decided to boycott the presser, with Executive Editor Jill Abramson stating, "It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general." Well, the Democrat party is none-too-pleased with the NY Times' stand. In fact, Democratic Party Communications Director Brad Woodhouse decided to not only lash...
  • House Judiciary panel launches official probe into whether Holder lied

    05/29/2013 10:00:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    House Judiciary panel launches official probe into whether Holder lied By Jonathan Easley - 05/29/13 11:02 AM ET The top two Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have initiated an investigation into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on the Justice Department’s (DOJ) surveillance of reporters. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), the chairman of the subcommittee on investigations, sent a letter to Holder on Wednesday detailing specific aspects of his testimony that they say conflicts with subsequent media reports about Holder’s involvement in the surveillance of James Rosen,...
  • Report: Holder Felt 'Remorse' over FNC James Rosen Subpoena

    05/28/2013 9:06:08 AM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    According to an interview with the Daily Beast, Attorney General Eric Holder felt a sense of "remorse" when the Washington Post ran a story about "how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him." Aides reportedly told the publication that Holder felt "a creeping sense of personal remorse" upon reading the affidavit obtained by the WaPo describing Rosen as "at the very least ... an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator." I guess Holder didn't feel...
  • DOJ Begged Judge to Keep Fox Reporter in Dark About Monitoring

    05/25/2013 5:06:05 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 24, 2013 | By Todd Beamon
    The Justice Department begged a federal judge to not tell Fox News reporter James Rosen that it was tracking his telephone calls and emails in a probe regarding a national security leak. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen argued in 2010 that the traditional 30-day notice period did not apply to Rosen as Justice secretly monitored his Gmail account, according to new exhibits unsealed this week and disclosed by The Hill. “Where, as here, the government seeks such contents through a search warrant, no notice to the subscriber or customer of the e-mail account is statutorily required or necessary,” Machen wrote in...
  • Sweeping Leak Inquiries Reveal How Wide a Net U.S. Has Cast

    05/25/2013 12:03:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 25, 2013 | ETHAN BRONNER, CHARLIE SAVAGE and SCOTT SHANE
    Even before the F.B.I. conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot, agents had sought the same reporters’ sources for two other articles about terrorism. In a separate case last year, F.B.I. agents asked the White House, the Defense Department and intelligence agencies for phone and e-mail logs showing exchanges with a New York Times reporter writing about computer attacks on Iran. Agents grilled officials about their contacts with him, two people familiar with the investigation said. And agents tracing...
  • Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says

    05/23/2013 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/23/13 | Michael Isikoff
    Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
  • Stratfor Email: Brennan Behind 'Witch Hunt' of Journalists Reporting Leaks

    05/22/2013 10:06:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/22/13 | Kerry Picket
    An obscure November 2012 Wikileaks email dump points to former White House counterterrorism adviser and now-CIA chief John Brennan as the person behind the “witch hunt” of journalists who reported unflattering Obama administration leaks. A little over a week after President Barack Obama’s reelection, Wikileaks released an email dump of global intelligence files from the private intelligence company Stratfor. One particular email, dated September 21, 2010 discussed President Obama’s “Leak Investigations.”
  • NYT Editorial: Another Chilling Leak Investigation (FNC, James Rosen)

    05/21/2013 6:57:23 PM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    NYTimes ^ | May 21, 2013 | The Editorial Board
    EXCERPT The Rosen case follows other signs that the administration has gone overboard in its zeal to find and muzzle insiders. The Associated Press revealed last week that the government had secretly seized two months’ of records for telephones used by the agency’s staff, partly to determine the source of a leak about a report involving a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen. At least two other major leak investigations are continuing. Six current and former administration officials have been indicted under the old Espionage Act for leaking classified information to the press and public. In 2010, a federal judge in...
  • Brit Hume, Eugene Robinson, Kirsten Powers agree: DoJ investigation of Rosen crosses a big line

    05/21/2013 12:01:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    How often do we see Kirsten Powers, Eugene Robinson, and Brit Hume agree on a major issue? Not often, but when the government violates the First Amendment and in particular on reporting, probably more often than not. Let’s start with the least surprising criticism, which comes from Brit Hume, former Fox anchor and colleague of James Rosen, who was investigated as a co-conspirator in an espionage case for doing what reporters in Washington do all the time. Hume argues that the Obama administration’s actions speak a lot louder than their words about respecting the freedom of the press:CLICK ABOVE LINK...
  • Reporter Sharyl Attkisson: Something fishy’s been going on with my computers since early 2011

    05/21/2013 8:12:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via the Chris Stigall Show and WPHT in Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, this wouldn’t have been worth posting; Attkisson herself, I suspect, wouldn’t have mentioned it publicly. Even if she’s right about something fishy going on, there are other plausible culprits besides the U.S. government when it comes to reporters’ computers being infiltrated. Two weeks later, though, knowing now that the DOJ was willing to order a dragnet of AP reporters’ phone records and actually read James Rosen’s e-mails, there’s no way around the obvious suspicion. If the feds were willing to monitor Rosen and the AP in the name...
  • AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional

    05/19/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/13 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records "unconstitutional" and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department. Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets.
  • S.E. Cupp: Handing his enemies a cudgel

    05/15/2013 4:21:41 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 44 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | S.E. Cupp
    Boy, oh boy. What many called the worst week yet for the Obama White House has spilled over into another, with news that the Department of Justice secretly obtained telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors to root out the cause of a (rare unwanted) leak of national security information. Is it a fishing expedition, a witch hunt or something in between? Time will tell — if, that is, anyone ever comes forward with an explanation. Whether on Fast and Furious or Benghazi, the typical M.O. of the administration has been to slow-play answers and hope that we all...
  • Three of the dumbest House Democrats EVER will be on display at the Holder hearing today......

    05/15/2013 7:08:05 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 70 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Attorney General Eric Holder will appear before the House Judiciary Committee at 1 PM EST today. This appearance had been scheduled some time ago, but is drawing huge attention because of the rapidly unfolding scandals about the IRS and the DoJ seizure of the AP telephone records. These are crucial, very important hearings, but nevertheless, we can expect to be treated to a side-show spectacle of three of the stupidest Democrat House members competing to see who can say the absolutely dumbest things. Of course, I am speaking of John Conyers, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Hank Johnson....
  • A Flood of Scandals Engulfs Obama

    05/14/2013 11:15:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    The Week ^ | May 14, 2013 | Edward Morrisey
    From spinning Benghazi to politicizing the IRS to spying on the AP, a raft of embarrassing revelations is crippling the president President Obama has had a tough week, and it's about to get a lot worse. The past few days have seen a cascade of evidence that the administration not only feigned transparency, but may have covered up the politicization of the IRS and the response to the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate. Whistle-blowers on the Benghazi response moved that story back into the headlines, but not for long. Because on Friday, the IRS admitted that it had targeted...
  • Obtaining AP phone records required Holder’s approval

    05/14/2013 10:48:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 53 replies
    The DOJ’s U.S. Attorneys’ Manual is quite clear on this point: The Attorney General’s 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...
  • BREAKING: Eric Holder Recuses Himself From [Associated Press] Leak Investigation

    05/14/2013 9:33:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 95 replies
  • Eric Holder recused himself from AP phone subpoena issuance, and from investigation

    05/14/2013 12:08:17 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 5-14-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    Eric Holder just ended a press conference. As previously reported by Fox News: Attorney General Eric Holder is recusing himself from the investigation into leaks made to The Associated Press, Fox News has learned. Also, as CNN reported, Holder previously had recused himself from consideration of issuance of the subpoenas: Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press reporters, a source told CNN’s Jessica Yellin on Tuesday. The approval fell to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the source said. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the White House had...
  • NBC Investigative Reporter: Admin Has History Of Intimidating Press

    05/14/2013 12:41:29 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2013 | Staff
    Lisa Myers, NBC's investigative journalist, told "Morning Joe" that the administration has a "history" of "coming down hard" on those who talk to the press that don't "tow the line" of the Obama administration's desired narrative. Video @ link
  • More Scandal for Democrats as DOJ Intimidates Journalists

    05/14/2013 1:01:44 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 9 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2013,05,15 | USBC News Wire
    USBC News Wire- Another scandal has hit the already affair-ridden Obama administration. This scandal has come to light the heels of the shocking scandal in which the IRS was used to target US citizens, but in this case it is the Department of Justice (DOJ) which was used in an intimidating way against people who may have not agreed with the Democratic administration. While only now coming to light, the DOJ reportedly seized phone records of at least 20 AP journalists over an extended period of time without proper procedures. While Obama has continued to deny that he knew anything...
  • Obama Bugged His Own Stenographers

    05/14/2013 1:14:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 5-14-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Associated Press: The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a ‘massive and unprecedented intrusion’ into how news organizations gather the news.” The Obama administration is spying on state-controlled reporters from the Associated Press. Don't they know that the AP would have given him this information if he just asked for it? “The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in...
  • Holder Defends AP Probe: 'Aggressive' Action Necessary, 'Very Serious Leak'

    05/14/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/13 | breitbart
    Today at a Department Of Justice press conference Attorney General Eric Holder said he has no problem without letting the Associate Press answer the charges of a leak endangering national security.
  • DOJ on secretly obtaining AP phone records: ‘we value the freedom of the press’

    05/13/2013 5:15:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/13/13 | Alexis Levinson
    The Department of Justice issued a vague response to an Associated Press report Monday that the DOJ had “secretly obtained” two months worth of phone records of AP reporters and editors. AP reported that the government would not give an explanation for why it had sought out the phone records, but noted that the DOJ had previously stated that it was looking into who leaked information to the AP for a story in May about a terror plot that was successfully deterred. In the story were details about “a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the...
  • AP CEO's letter to Eric Holder

    05/13/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 170 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/13/13 | Gary B. Pruit
  • White House: 'No knowledge' of AP phone record seizure

    05/13/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 198 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 13, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press telephone records. “Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. Carney said the White House had no involvement in the Justice effort. “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” he said. The Justice Department said in a letter to the AP on Friday that...
  • BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT · by CWW · 465 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
    <p>Looks Like DOJ HAS BEEN TAPPING AP NEWS TELEPHONE LINES TO DISCOVER THEIR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES IN CONGRESS!</p> <p>The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.</p>