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Well the House Judiciary Committee is now demanding that US attorney general Eric Holder answer several key questions.
About his testimony on the Justice Department's reporters snooping case Republican lawmakers investigating whether he lied under oath.
When he made this statement watch.
But 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.
All we think would be a wise policy in fact my views quite the opposite that.
Well and -- now look into that statement.
And where we are now with that statement meanwhile take a look at this Eric holder's job performance approval polls.
This is three years spread hearsay and now you've got 28% approval -- 363 years ago but look at the disapproval.
Back in May -- 2010 it was 27%.
Now be disapproval rating for Eric Holder is at forty.
Percent so that's a look at how he stands right now in.
These numbers -- now bring in Virginia Republican Randy Forbes who's on the House Judiciary Committee that's investigating the attorney general.
And he was in that hearing room during the testimony in question -- welcome good to have you here this morning.
Thank you Martha is great to be with you.
You know I was take a look at a little bit of buy your colleague Bob good last letter because it really breaks down very specifically the questions that you all have.
For Eric Holder let's take a look at that and pull it up on the screen it says how can you claim to have never been involved in the potential prosecution of a member of the media.
But you were admittedly involved in quote discussions regarding.
There there seems to be -- a lot of contradiction here how do you plan to get at the truth here.
Well Martha I think one of the things the American people expect -- they don't expect their leaders to be flawless but they expect them to be honest -- the -- the chief.
Law enforcement officer of the United States.
Despite what mr.
Carney said mr.
Carney was saying in the clip you played just a few moments ago.
That he was talking about actual prosecutions.
That's not what he was talking about in fact his own words that you just played said.
And he said with potential prosecutions of the press he'd never even heard of vineyard this.
And yet Martha I've got a copy of the application they had for search warrant and as you know they don't say that they're on a fishing expedition.
They stay in this application that there was probable cause that mr.
Rosen had committed a crime.
If there was not even the potential for prosecution.
Who ever filed this application needs to not only lose their job but lose their license to practice law because they've clearly misrepresented this to the court.
So we plan to make sure that we have given mr.
holder another opportunity to clarify everything you said.
But I think when all of this clears out Martha we're gonna find out that he didn't tell the truth to the Judiciary Committee.
And you know one of them is did the DOJ -- tend to prosecute which is the issue that you're bringing up here.
It -- they they claimed that the that James Rosen was a potential flight risk.
And that that was the reason that they couldn't disclose the matter.
To him and to Fox News because -- they they feared that if he knew that they were the snooping and looking as phone calls in his emails.
That he might be a flight risk so it really -- -- a very strong case that there might be some sort of criminal resent.
Why they should have the right to to track him.
Without his knowing about -- it -- then to say there was never any intention.
To prosecute makes you wonder -- -- YA the hack would you need to have all of this built and if if he never intended to prosecute.
Martha you're exactly right and remember it wasn't just that the reason why they wouldn't disclose this to mr.
But they actually requested the court to issue an order were it could not be disclosed for the very reasons that you mentioned.
If they didn't even have the potential of -- prosecution.
Then they certainly thwarted the intent of this law and I think they've misrepresented themselves to.
To this judge who ought to be very very concerned about the actions that they taught me.
I think what will find is that they may very well what has that potential.
And what we find is that the attorney general when he was talking to congress.
Just didn't tell us that he had actually heard about this in May be even signed off on this application.
They're the kinds of things we're going to be looking to find out more -- a.
-- let -- as you reference Jay Carney moments ago this is the White House's response.
To what we're discussing -- let's play that.
That is based on what you said he testified truthfully I think every published report.
I think that attorney general talked about prosecution every published report that I've read about that case in.
Says it is completed.
No further charges -- prosecution is conflict contemplated.
And again I would -- to published reports in the extremely large distinction between.
You know what's at issue here and prosecution.
And prosecution was exactly what he said he said he had never been involved in any potential.
Of the media and that that wasn't something that he would abide is essentially what he was saying now.
One -- -- separations here is that that the language has gone too that he was involved didn't quote discussions.
That's surrounded the -- in case and for -- did not sign off on the search warrant.
-- -- so you have a number of questions that you want answered in this in this letter that go specifically to that cracked.
No question -- we want to find out exactly what the attorney general dead but remember even if he was involved in discussions.
His testimony before our committee said that he'd never even heard of this.
And Martha this what a trick question this was a softball question.
Given to him by a member of his own party so wasn't like he was blind side about this question.
And so we want to get to the facts of exactly.
What he did but I think we found that out he at least had heard of it.
And he had heard -- pretend.
One is that one of the key things here at at least we should get a and that is that this discussion that we just showed with Eric Holder in your hearing ram was about the -- story.
But in -- he made that broad statement that he had never been involved in anything like -- prosecution and days later we found -- -- at the end of Rosen story began to unravel and that's how all of this came about.
Carson Randy Forbes thank you very much -- be watching closely in my -- talking again on this thing.
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