House Judiciary Committee Investigates Attorney General Eric Holder

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

CBS News has confirmed the House Judiciary Committee is looking into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his testimony earlier this month on the Justice Department's seizing of journalists' records.

Holder appeared before the committee on May 15 and said he wasn't involved in "the potential prosecution" of a member of the press under the Espionage Act for disclosing information adding, "this is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy."

Shortly thereafter, reports began to surface that the Justice Department, in addition to seizing telephone and email records of Associated Press reporters, had seized the the emails and phone records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

In the case of the AP, Holder had recused himself from the case. However, shortly after his testimony on May 15, the Washington Post reported that Holder had signed off on the search warrant for Rosen's records.

In the search warrant, the FBI called Rosen a "criminal co-conspirator" and suggested there's probable cause that he violated federal law. Rosen was not charged with any crime.

Asked Tuesday if he feels regret for signing off on the warrant, Holder told reporters: "I'm not satisfied. I'm not satisfied (with the department's guidelines involving the news media in criminal investigations)."


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