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A lot -- questions today.
For attorney general Eric Holder regarding the DO JC just a phone records of reporters looking for the associated press and of course.
Our own -- James Rosen well that is this all headed.
For the attorney general in particular that are increasing calls that.
For his resignation among some.
Observers let's see if our own flying political analyst Juan Williams -- is one of those.
I want I heard a judge Napolitano a lot on that earlier today and writing here this desk in fact yesterday saying.
This it may it be a reason that.
For the attorney general to resign how do you see going legally and politically I guess those -- two different reasons -- resignation but where are we -- -- do you think.
Well I think that there's a lot of concern on the right.
Over Eric Holder and this is longstanding.
And meet people on the right have absolutely made him into the living W member that.
Black new black panther case in Philadelphia why didn't he prosecute those two guys why did he think that it was okay to have.
Some of the terrorists tried in lower Manhattan.
I can go on they have a litany of complaints about Eric Holder I think he has become a place holder.
For their attacks on President Obama because President Obama is has proven to be.
-- line in terms of -- ability with the American people.
So you ask me now do I think that shareholders on his way -- my answer is not -- Barack Obama has some sudden change your heart.
Or Eric Holder decides and there's been talk about this that he wants to leave -- a year so if -- if you think or anyone else that there are things that.
What's happened here in this press inquiries enough to -- -- I I would disagree.
Really that had very interesting but at the same time.
I'll wind you have a have peace it is going to be up on Fox News dot com's opinion page.
Shortly I've had the fortune to read it already and and you say that the actions of the DOJ.
In this particular case the phone records case.
Quote constitutes a chilling assault.
On freedom of the press so -- while you might not think Eric Holder should -- and you think this is a very serious issue obviously.
-- And that's where I'm glad you waited thank you for reading at that point I'm trying to make is look.
We have never cross the line where people have listed an aggressive legitimate reporter guy after school James Rosen.
In line with people who are.
Co conspirators spies -- terror I mean that all James Rosen was doing was what any good reporter should be doing which is trying to get information from a source.
They even say that he used flattery.
And you know it may be at that point out in the peace.
But he did have an alias that he was using a secret email account maybe that's set off the prosecutors put somebody at some -- you could say it.
This -- a reporter that's all he's doing is trying to get a school.
And you hit the airport lists him as some kind of co conspirator that is crossing a bright line and I don't think it was right I didn't as some -- -- told to back to.
The -- -- a song whose case.
-- in this they told rather pentagon papers of calls.
Daniel Ellsberg but I did not say that there's there's no similarity that or not no significant similarity annual view one.
Don't know the big difference would be that in the Pentagon papers case with Daniel Ellsberg he was an activist who was orchestrating a leak.
Of his secret document.
And of course it is doing -- -- case again.
He broke into the US.
Network and was leaking information again information that was secret in the minds of the US government.
And he was doing so as an activist neither of these people were journalists per say they -- first amendment rights but they want to journalist.
You should know that and the Pentagon papers case that reporter involved in any Neil Sheehan.
Who worked for the New York Times there was in fact the grand jury looking at whether or not to indict seeing him for publishing the Pentagon papers nothing ever came up.
But -- -- a history of this goes back that far.
And again this is the first time that bright red line has been crossed in terms of even listing a reporter.
-- -- co conspirator in this kind of -- Now we have had a dog just a week or so ago one we have on the show former attorney general Alberto Gonzalez under President Bush of course.
I he would to me was surprisingly.
Supportive all of the current attorney general Eric Holder.
And and I guess if he was in a similar position all a lot of time in drawing a line.
Between live -- -- and securities and it fastened the big issue we come back to post 9/11 is that.
Absolutely I think you guys.
I'm so glad you put it meant I think because again we're in a sense that's an -- -- heightened concern over national security.
So you're -- -- see a different look different perspective on these press freedoms issues especially when for example.
You know you get a situation like in the recent AP case where.
The AP is reporting that there's a double agent working for the US government inside al-Qaeda now.
Clearly we're putting that agent in -- -- where also sacrificing the mission we're telling me al-Qaeda.
We've got an agent in there so that's a national security issue you've got to balance press freedoms vs national secure legitimate national security concerns.
And you know there's got to be some way to do it I we can't sacrifice all our -- -- In pursuit of terrorists.
But again it has to be addressed this is a legitimate question I think that's why attorney general Gonzales.
-- sensitive to what that the situation holders and I think people who have dealt with these issues are slow to do.
The sort of politically ideological attack it's -- old.
This is all about Eric Holder know this is about -- national security concern and balancing those concerns with First Amendment protections.
Yep they liberty -- security debate is one of the debate so valid times that's for sure I.
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