June 7, 2013 |
People are looking for the wrong "scandal" about Attorney General Eric Holder. The problem with Holder is the plain fact that, in the judgment of a wide range of legal colleagues, he has been a mediocre attorney general. Holder's mistakes in management and judgment are clear in the current controversy about leak investigations. He was silent as zealous prosecutors overrode the Justice Department's guidelines for subpoenaing reporters ; he recused himself from the case but bizarrely doesn't seem to have kept a written...
May 31, 2013 |
Eric Holder is in a mess of his own making . More than two weeks ago, the attorney general testified to the House Judiciary Committee in categorical terms: "With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy. " Then The Post published the text of an affidavit Holder had authorized in an espionage case saying there was "probable cause" to believe journalist James Rosen was a...
May 29, 2013 |
So, Attorney General Eric Holder approved a search warrant targeting Fox News's James Rosen for the crime of journalism with malice aforethought. Then the Justice Department shopped around for a judge who would keep the surveillance of professional and private e-mails secret. Then the department fought the public disclosure of the warrant since it wanted the flexibility to continue the investigation "for many years. " Then, according to Daniel Klaidman of the Daily Beast , Holder read the details of this operation in...
May 29, 2013 |
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is scheduled on Thursday to begin a series of meetings with top news executives as part of an ongoing review of how federal authorities investigate reporters. The meetings are part of an effort to quell concerns about the Justice Department investigations into journalists revealing sensitive government information. The meetings come as President Obama has ordered a review of the department's guidelines regarding reporters after...
May 15, 2013 |
As the nation's top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information. But he seems to be proud of how little he knows. Why didn't his Justice Department inform the Associated Press, as the law requires, before pawing through reporters' phone records ? "I do not know," the attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday afternoon, "why that was or was not done. I simply don't have a factual basis to answer that question.
May 14, 2013 |
In President Obama's first term, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was a lightning rod for congressional Republicans who criticized the administration's handling of law enforcement issues. But for the past several months, the nation's top law enforcement official has been virtually invisible from the national stage, granting few interviews and successfully avoiding the kinds of controversies that have plagued the Justice Department in recent years. His respite...