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Attorney general Eric Holder standing firm saying he will not step down in the wake of the Department of Justice snooping scandal and today he is testifying before.
A senate committee the Appropriations Committee just hours after he sent a letter to a House Judiciary Committee about questions surrounding.
How he handled the James rose in case the committee investigating.
Whether or not holder lied under both last month when he claimed he never heard of the potential prosecution of a member of the media but.
Days later we learned the attorney general in fact personally signed off on a warrant to seize grosans emails and phone records that called him a co conspirator.
As has been reported at Obama is president Obama's direction I have now initiated review.
Of the department of justice's policies and guidelines related to investigations that are involved.
Members of the media but Fox News learning.
That holder told attorneys very recently to continue.
To aggressively pursue media leaks.
Joining us -- Alberto Gonzales former attorney general under president George W.
Bush general thank you so much for being with us.
A question was put.
To Eric Holder just a short time ago by the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee are you so distracted now are you -- gulf by controversy.
You can no longer lead.
Is that a fair point do you think this attorney general can no long -- I think it's possible.
To deal with these kind of distractions and still be effective in this position.
-- obviously and takes a tremendous -- On the individual but I know what it's like to -- Internet speech I know what the responsibilities are -- and I know about the distractions I also -- about.
-- -- sometimes the local witch -- that occur and that and that position it just comes with the job -- -- -- them.
The most controversial decisions but you know -- you take -- understanding you have an obligation that apartment.
Bet that every person that department looks to -- attorney general.
And it -- achieved from the attorney general -- city attorney general have to be strong -- stay strong because.
The -- the department is so they're very important and so the -- -- short answer your question yes it's possible to.
You look to still be effective in that position despite all -- these allegations and all of these investigations.
The luck he has already been voted in contempt.
By congress for his.
Fast and furious participation.
And now there are threats have -- -- him and holding him in contempt for failing to respond.
To the Judiciary Committee his latest letter response is apparently very short in non responsive.
I think what about that.
Well of course.
It in order to be effective and the position you it's been extremely helpful.
-- to have the support and the trust that you members of congress.
And then obviously.
But sometimes that trust is challenged and what it and what it is challenged because -- events.
Each -- statements about calling into question.
The better aren't an extra effort -- -- make amends for that explains.
You know to come up to their -- to provide information by prank played.
Didn't -- very best and sister were to rehabilitate yourself because again.
If the -- about the attorney general to -- about the Department of Justice this is way beyond turning children so.
He has an obligation to step forward and do what you need to do to reestablish that level credibility and that local trust however.
-- and I know this from experience.
Sometimes somebody accusations sometimes on the investigations.
Are surely will be motivated.
And that you know that's unfortunate but but that's just the ways and Washington.
And when that's the case then you know the attorney general I think is why that they try to remain focused on the job.
Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales thank you very much we appreciate it.
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