Holder: 'Necessary and Appropriate' to Target Fox News' James Rosen

On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee explaining that he did not lie when he told the Committee that he had not been involved in any potential prosecution of journalists. Just days later, it came out that he had personally signed off on phone surveillance of Fox News journalist James Rosen. Holder said in his letter, “I do not agree that characterizations establishing probable cause for a search warrant for materials from a member of the news media during an ongoing investigation constitute an intent to prosecute that member of the news media. I do believe that a thorough investigation of the disclosure of classified information that threatened national security was necessary and appropriate.”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) issued a statement calling Holder’s answers “troubling.” They said they would be pursuing further answers from Holder when he comes to Capitol Hill.



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