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-- well at the seizing documents from the Associated Press attorney general Eric Holder who.
-- congress he's completely against -- reporters so what -- the DOJ say the decision to target a Fox News journalists came from quote.
The highest levels of the department including.
Discussions with the attorney general so -- Eric Holder lied to congress about his involvement and could this be the beginning.
Of the end we're asking former Justice Department official -- Christian Adams who knows a thing or two about this sort of thing good morning -- Good morning Gretchen what do you make of it.
But this attorney general provides slippery testimony every time he's before congress and this is nothing new.
That he was asked by representative Johnson.
Whether he was involved in plans to prosecute reporters holder said it's not something I'm involved with don't know anything about it.
He lied on both counts and and this is a situation -- over and over and over again this attorney general is not.
Telling the truth to congress.
But -- is he also saying.
I just signed -- -- the investigation go forward so I don't really made -- -- the investigation I decide to curiosity continue is that is that acceptable to you.
Well look he'll always have an excuse for -- -- hostile congress.
But whenever it comes -- of reporters I did these -- the Justice Department it is one of the most careful most sensitive things you can do.
And that is asked the BOJ to go after to subpoena to get records from -- media organizations.
And the attorney general was personally involved by regulations that's no surprise that's the rule.
So we know where the buck stops we know who's responsible for James Rosen subpoenas but what they did theirs they went beyond the rules.
They were over broad they were overly aggressive and worst of all that and tell the truth to congress and white in the Bush Administration go after.
People in the press because they're -- -- goes like this before.
It goes way back.
This is based on the Espionage Act of 1970.
Not even Nixon would go after the press like this this is something that this particular.
Justice Department Eric Holder Barack Obama.
Have really invaded press freedoms like no administration.
Since Woodrow Wilson is it for intimidation.
Well when it comes to Fox News and certainly seems today.
I mean this this is a subpoena on rose in the got -- phone records a subpoena on the -- It it's way beyond what they need to do it looks like they're trying to chill the free flow of information out of the government.
-- but so stupid to come after Fox News if you're this Department of Justice because you already know that you might not be best of friends and it just seems stupid on its face but here's my question for you.
What's the difference between Eric Holder recusing himself from the HP investigation -- having not signed off on that.
But saying that he is signing off on the Fox News -- well.
Gretchen -- reason that he recuse himself was because he might have been the -- and so they were investigating him.
But the reason that it's so important for the AG to be involved -- so the buck stops with him.
The regulations for justice require the inspector general I'm sorry the attorney general to be involved.
And that's why it's no surprise -- involved with James Rosen that's what the rules are and right.
DOJ official thanks for expertise today.
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