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-- reaction from the Justice Department's accusations attorney general Eric Holder lied to congress hi everybody great to see you I'm generally an I'm John Scott the Justice Department official says attorney general Eric Holder did not lie and that prosecutors never sought approval.
Actually bring criminal charges against Fox News reporter James Rosen.
All of this happening after the Justice Department named rose and as a co conspirator in a leak case in order to seize his emails and phone records.
And now the Justice Department is saying it does not anticipate bringing any additional charges.
Prepared is the anchor a special report so this meeting or maybe the first of several meetings has taken place -- between.
The Justice Department and representatives of news organizations.
By chance did the Justice Department apologize.
Not that we've heard that we weren't obviously in the meeting but have talked to others who -- and -- guidelines by the way of that off the record meeting -- changed a bit in that they let.
Journalists and executives there talk generally about.
What happened in the meeting and some specifics as well.
We don't have a specific line of apology.
But we do have that the Justice Department is saying that they would.
Be willing to change the guidelines by which just this goes after.
Investigations involving journalists and changing those guidelines would involve.
I've not listing someone like James Rosen as a co conspirator or that he would have criminal liability in order to get the search warrant.
That enabled them to get the emails from James Rosen I mean the point here John is that.
If you go with -- they were never going to prosecute him ever.
And that's why Eric Holder did not mislead congress were lying under oath in his testimony on May fifteenth.
Then you have to say that the after David this search warrant for the emails.
-- truthful -- because they're calling him a co conspirator meaning somebody who potentially committed a crime in their view.
That they call and that in Indian in the in their request for information that they filed with the judge in the affidavit.
But then they don't have any intention they say I'm going after him criminal.
Sure and then there's a -- action before that that doesn't get a lot of play we focus on the co conspirator and whether he was.
-- to that that following lined up the line before that where they say they can't just ask.
-- chosen for his emails because of the possible criminal liability.
That he holds and that if they ask him they say in the search warrant that would risk the investigation well that doesn't sound.
Like someone that they're not going to move forward with prosecution but the -- Justice Department attorney general holder saying.
They never had any intention to do that and that's why the may fifteenth testimony.
We announced yesterday actually Chris Wallace mention it on happening now.
The fox -- decided not to attend the meeting I would say that most of the invited media organizations.
Did not attend although some big names did attend the Wall Street Journal was there ABC news was there.
Clearly this tempest is not over despite this this meeting.
With the attorney general is people.
Now and you know we're getting bits and pieces about that meeting in and some.
Elements of some of the news organizations wanted to bring there they're lawyers with them.
That wasn't allowed yesterday but today they're going to allow that.
You're talking about.
They want to talk about going forward they want to talk about what's next and how changing the guidelines and changing the structure of of these leak investigations when it comes to journalists going forward.
I mean there obviously a lot of questions going backwards.
And those we don't have the answers to from that meeting.
Right and and -- some the supposition by some people is that essentially they're trying to change the topic at the Department of Justice their.
They're trying to -- get the media and the population in general.
To say all okay that that whole thing with the AP's phone records in with.
James grosans personal emails and his phone calls and this is parents numbers all that's in the past it's been dealt with.
They've got a new set of rules now chair I -- the courts that are coming out we have a constructive meeting having.
We don't really have details on a lot of the things that.
We wanted to ask.
All right Bret -- the host of special report bit heavy on Bret thank you thanks.
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