Last week, and while under oath, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House committee that when it comes to “try[ing] to prosecute the press for the publication of material” he has “never been involved in, heard of” such a thing. Watch below at the five-minute mark:
Thursday, however, we learned that it was Holder who signed off on the application for a warrant to gain access to the private emails and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen. In doing so, Holder labeled Rosen a co-conspirator to obtain classified material under the Espionage Act of 1917.
Out of one side of his mouth, and while under oath, Holder says he has never heard of anyone trying to prosecute the press for publishing material. Out of the other side of his mouth, Holder is accusing reporters of espionage on applications for subpoenas.
That statement and that action are awfully hard to reconcile.
It is possible for Holder to say that the goal wasn’t to prosecute Rosen for “publishing,” but instead for espionage. The fact, though, is that all of this occurred after the Rosen story in question published. With even the Huffington Post calling for Holder’s resignation, it is hard to see how he splits that is-is hair.
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