The House Judiciary Committee is looking into Attorney General Eric Holder’s May 15 testimony on the Justice Department’s surveillance of reporters, to see if he lied under oath.
An aide “close to the matter” told The Hill that the panel is looking at the statement Holder made in response to Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-Ga.) question about whether the DOJ could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917.
“In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder said during the hearing.
However, NBC News reported last week that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.
The panel is investigating whether NBC’s report contradicts Holder’s claim that he had not looked into or been involved with a possible prosecution of the press in a leaks case.
This Attorney General has already been held in Contempt of Congress. A perjury charge may finally be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
I kinda doubt today’s lame “crisis management” gambit is going to help him get out this one.