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It began with correspondents on the Kelly and the latest on the investigation and a change of stories from the attorney general -- -- -- good evening Shannon.
Late today the Justice Department acknowledged that attorney general Eric Holder signed off on the James Rosen search warrant.
In a statement it said it quote took great care in deciding a search warrant was necessary.
Vetting the decision at the highest levels of the department including discussions with the attorney general.
It is the latest in what many believed to be 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 intact.
My -- quite the opposite that very morning on NPR he offered a different response when asked how often his department had obtained journalists' phone -- Hurts -- -- -- how many of those cases that I have actually signed off -- -- take them very seriously I know that I have refused to sign.
Pushed a few back for modifications.
Asked how many requests.
Four search warrants or subpoenas of 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.
Late today Fox News obtained court documents which show the government -- to great lengths to keep the search -- secret.
The government asks a judge quote.
The FBI is currently engaged in an ongoing investigation of the leak that will be substantially and adversely affected if mr.
Kim more the reporter.
-- prematurely become aware of the specific details known to the FBI.
Critics are now deriding the president's call to have a holder reviewed DOJ guidelines on investigating reporters'.
Calling it a case of the attorney general investigating himself.
But author Ron Kessler -- holders trying to strike a balance between protecting national security and press freedom.
So far as I can see.
The actions he's taken -- have been.
When it comes to leak such as they -- -- where the sources were compromised but on the other hand with the James Rosen.
-- it was not a serious.
Compromise and so you do have to wonder whether there is some.
Have -- Perhaps -- lower levels to target fox.
DOJ said in its statement today followed all applicable laws and that a federal magistrate -- -- determining there was probable calls for a search warrant.
-- that thank you.
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