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-- the calls are growing for attorney general Eric Holder to go he is a holdover from the president's first term but now lawmakers on both sides of the -- Are saying it's time to make a change.
Seems to me clear.
That the actions of the department.
Have in fact impaired the First Amendment.
Might have previously.
Believe that a confidential source which speak to them would no longer have that level of confidence.
-- self proclaimed liberal professor law professor Jonathan Turley also weighing in on mr.
And his appearance at the hearing looking into the snooping scandal.
Despite his record he expressed surprise at the hearing that the head of the Republican National Committee -- called for his resignation.
After all holder pointed out he did nothing.
That is of course precisely the point unlike the head of the IR RNC I am neither Republican nor conservative.
And I believe -- should be fired.
Joining us now Chris -- feed -- the former chief of staff to senator Joseph -- a Democrat from West Virginia.
Match -- also witness former White House political director under president George W.
Chris to you first no surprise that Republicans are having a problem with with -- Eric holders come Portman in this case.
But what about the Democrats.
One and I think there's there are many Democrats that are -- -- very disturbed by the the the attorney general just departments investigation of reporters.
I don't think this is necessarily a partisan issue I think it raises some you know some serious questions -- concerns.
That note that holder's gonna have to I think try to explain when he admits when he sits down with those.
Media executives and and bureau chiefs I think -- gonna be a real real critical meeting those meetings ahead when he -- of those media officials.
How does he explain what the what did department did and how does explain what the department gonna do going forward.
Oh what about the Republican side mapped are -- going to be more calls I mean is is it is they're going to be as sort of a united Republican.
But call for Eric Holder to step down.
I suppose but you -- -- that's not really what they should be focusing on.
What they should be focusing on especially congressional Republicans.
Is getting the answers for the American people that's their constitutional role.
I think when Republicans in congress call for a special prosecutor.
-- ask for Eric Holder to resign.
He really takes the heat up the president and the Obama administration we have seen a gross air against a power.
Both that the IRS and now the Department of Justice by the way.
-- is called the Robert F Kennedy building I think they need to re name it -- Herbert Hoover building because what they've done is akin to some gross.
Overreaching federal government in the past.
The good that one of the questions Chris.
You know it almost gets into and what the meaning of the word is it is.
In that testimony before congress on May fifteenth in that clip we have played in the earlier hour Eric Holder says.
With regard to potential.
Of the press and then goes on to say that's not something I've been involved with well.
In -- way if that's the qualifier he's -- because there hasn't been a prosecution.
Of the press to this point there have been investigations.
Of the press.
Is this another case of what the meaning of the word is is.
-- -- -- I think that if you fixate on the word potential.
It's probably the wrong focus I I would hope and this I know this -- -- I need is another Republicans is matches proved.
Are gonna try to make this does something bigger than -- trying to make this clearly overtly political I would hope that at least on some issues we can be bipartisan in that sense.
A protecting the First Amendment protecting reporter's right to investigate.
And talked to sources I think everyone can acknowledge that.
That I did the concern here I have personally is.
You know is -- -- clear rules and I think we're I think attorney general holder I I think has to come out.
Probably -- in the coming weeks and kind of defining clarified not what he said that testimony which I think you can Parse the words -- -- -- a bigger deal than it is but actually clarify what is the department's.
And you know.
Position and rules when it comes to.
Reporters and the -- and -- I think that has to be addressed sooner rather than later but Chris you just said you know the Democrats and Republicans are upset about this so if the Republicans are angry about a why is it just political.
Well I don't think it's question if it necessarily being political overtly but when you start talking about abuse of power I -- -- automatically becomes laughable.
Well -- -- -- with our respect man the Bush Administration wasn't like oh don't paragon of virtue don't do so I gave it any good -- bipartisan.
You can't say we need to be bipartisan it immediately change the subject.
To the much tortured Bush Administration that was subject to investigation after investigation let -- do you guys -- and like it down the wrong I understand that.
You guys did everything right and on my point oh we need to find out what the truth days and if people broke the law -- people went beyond the scope this should be held accountable.
I believe that's true for attorney general holder anyone any administration aren't.
But -- John let's be clear here what -- attorney general did is a proof.
A document that went to a judge that accused a Fox News reporter.
But being -- a part of a conspiracy and espionage.
Now that is disgusting I think we can all I had -- about why it's -- Zurich Chris -- -- you -- are -- everyone agrees that.
-- fifteen as the match lap again the arguing it will go on we're sure thank you --
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