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So with scandals swirling around the Justice Department attorney general Eric Holder desperately needs a reset button.
But his plans for damage control or running in this road blocks as he deals with fallout from the snooping scandal.
It didn't help that he asked to keep his meetings with news editors off the record meaning they cannot be the subject of stories.
When discussing secret subpoenas for reporters records in the leak investigation plots.
He's facing new questions on Capitol Hill about his prior testimony.
Jonah Goldberg is editor at large for national review online also a Fox News contributor.
Yeah -- -- getting one of those invitations to sit down with the attorney general.
And -- about guidelines for you know reporters' sources and and when it's appropriate for the Justice Department go after the.
You know I think what I -- is if I -- my invitation to James Rosen and send him as my proxy.
My I think that'll be a lot of fun.
I think that news organizations can come down on both sides of this question about whether -- or not they should go.
I think that it's good you know it depends if I understand why a lot of a lot of the -- is suddenly discovered -- -- When it comes to this sort of thing at the same time I'm glad that a lot of news organizations aren't going even if I may disagree with some of their reasoning.
I don't really need to hear a lot of -- from the New York Times about all these things.
Because what I think what what holder is trying to do here.
Is trying to put all the scandal parts behind him and move forward on policy it's very much like what.
Barack Obama says about Ben Ghazi in the IRS he says look -- -- I want to fix the problem let's move forward.
And what -- -- in fact get in effect doing is it's basically a spin operation as to say that all of the things that Eric Holder did wrong.
All the rules that he violated -- need you violated the existing rules so who cares about new rules.
That that's all behind us and let's move forward and its attempt to -- -- in the press.
And I'm glad that the press is resisting it whatever there is a little bit like Richard Nixon inviting.
Depressed to to a meeting about future burglaries of government Democratic Party headquarters with.
-- -- -- attempted to co ops to press the say get them in on this process of moving forward.
And make all of the things that holder is already done seem like old news and I understand why holder wants to do that.
And I'm glad that the press is resisting.
The and you mentioned the New York Times the executive editor of that paper said.
It isn't appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general our Washington bureau.
Is aggressively covering the department's handling of leak investigations.
At this time.
You disagree with that that rationale.
I look at I think that that's a perfectly valid point.
I think that though.
What's -- what's -- really motivating a lot of a lot of the mainstream media.
If they feel like they've been had -- been treated like -- gates by this administration for very long time.
And now they're going to exert their their principles and and and exact a price from this administration and I'm glad to see it happening it's sort of like you know stem cell therapy that -- -- grown -- fine.
You know I I am not sure that.
The times is all that.
As -- giving given how friendly the times has been to this administration for so long.
Their new found convictions.
Kind of leave Nicole isn't there one very big -- already in place called the First Amendment.
But there is and you know you're not supposed to treat.
Reporters from any news organization as if there agents of a foreign power and spies I mean I'm actually pretty hawkish guy on leak investigations.
But what this administration essentially did -- told a judge that James Rosen.
Fell off fell afoul of the Espionage Act or may have -- about -- Espionage Act.
And that's not what journalists do I may be tough on on leaks but they're not spies.
And that certainly wasn't.
And now Eric Holder says that that they never really thought.
That James Rosen was going to be prosecuted.
So either Eric Holder lied to a judge.
Or or just about -- to a judge or -- or Eric Holder lied to congress I don't see how he can not have lied to vote.
-- because -- he had to call him -- co conspirator in that document in order to get the judge to sign off on is that what you're saying.
Riley -- -- he said that it.
James Rosen was a potential criminal.
They -- -- -- to name him as a flight risk in order to keep it secret from him.
And they said that he was an a co conspirator our crime now that seems to me if you go to a judge and say you need to do all of these things.
Because he may be guilty of a crime in May need to be prosecuted that's preparing for potential prosecution and then -- -- go to congress and say I've never been me me even part.
Of a consideration.
Of a potential prosecution for journalists those things are irreconcilable.
At least as far as I -- -- -- and I know that if -- frozen fled to Cuba and didn't show up for work our Washington bureau chief would have his head.
Thank you good to -- here -- you.
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