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-- general Eric Holder approved a request for a warrant to search Fox News correspondent James -- phone records and personal emails.
Justice Department officials confirmed that today saying the justice the department took great care in deciding that a search warrant was necessary.
Vetting the decision at the highest levels of the department including discussions with the attorney general.
The document referred to James Rosen is a possible co conspirator.
In a national security leak.
Well just yesterday president Obama's a journalist should not face legal action for doing their jobs.
He says he's asked to the attorney general to work with the media to review the Justice Department's guidelines for investigations that -- correspondents.
Doug -- -- on the story live in our DC newsroom.
He leadership -- the Justice Department's acknowledgment of attorney general Eric Holder signed off on the James Rosen search -- Is the latest in what many believed to be a shifting narrative by the nation's top law enforcement officer.
On May fifteenth he categorically denied involvement in the potential prosecution of reporters who received leaked information.
With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material that is not something that.
I've ever been involved -- heard.
-- we think would be a wise policy in fact my views quite the opposite.
That very same morning on NPR he offered a different response when asked how often his department had obtained journalists' phone records.
I'm not sure how many of those cases that I have actually signed off on -- take them very seriously.
I know that I have refused to sign.
Pushed if you bet for modifications.
I asked how many requests.
For search warrants or subpoenas -- journalists he had turned down couldn't remember that would seem to be something I would want to know if I knew that I was on the defensive.
And the president had just expressed confidence in me I mean this is this is truly amazing.
Critics are now deriding the president's call to have holder reviewed DOJ guidelines on investigating reporters calling it a case of the attorney general investigating itself.
Others believe holder is try to strike a balance between protecting national security and press freedom.
The DOJ said in its statement today that it followed all applicable laws and that a federal magistrate okayed it.
Determined there was indeed probable cause for a search -- -- Doug thinks the pro.
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