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Well the hearing with the attorney general Eric Holder on the senate Appropriations.
Committee just ended a few minutes ago joining us now.
To talk about it Tom -- -- former deputy assistant attorney general under president George W.
Good to see you you know a moment ago senator Richard Shelby said.
There are questions mr.
attorney general -- -- your veracity.
He was clearly Tom referring to holders earlier testimony in congress in which he said.
He had never heard -- is involved in the potential prosecution.
All of the media.
Did the facts now belie that.
Well the attorney general's own testimony I think really has raised this issue we've seen that he did play a role in authorizing.
The search warrants that went to AD journalists.
And I think at this point it really is up to the attorney general to come forth to clear the air to set the record straight because you never want to have a sense of.
Miss trust surrounding any cabinet official but particularly the attorney general who -- the nation's chief law enforcement officers I think.
The ball right now is in -- -- court to go up on the hill clarify his remarks.
And set the record straight.
Well can he get out of her potential perjury charges by saying we'll look.
Yes I truly.
Thought that this journalist our colleague James Rosen.
Was committing a crime.
And in fact I told the judge that in the warrant the affidavit in support of the warrant but.
I never intended to prosecute Rosen is.
I mean is that he's way out however vacuous it may seem.
Right the attorney general's clearly drawing a distinction between.
In which you might characterize witnesses as potential co conspirators.
An actual prosecution of an individual that's the distinction on which the attorney general is resting his defense.
And I think right now there's obviously been a lot of talk in the media and on the hill about what exactly the attorney general meant in what was his thinking and that sort of thing.
And really the only person who can clear all this up as the attorney general himself and -- that is his defense I think it's incumbent upon him.
To tell his own story don't let others don't let his surrogates at the justice department for how important do it he should do it.
And so he's not doing that any missed the deadline which was yesterday 5 o'clock -- said a short letter two hours later.
Which according to an eight on the Judiciary Committee is not.
Responsive which invites the question -- is this an attorney general who is so would be evasive.
That in fact he holds nothing but contempt for congress.
Well see that's exactly the risk I think that the Justice Department is running right now.
But because it isn't too much -- the attorney general personally signed his -- it isn't asking too much for the Justice Department to meet a reasonable deadline set by congress -- if I were advising the attorney general I think -- -- look.
It's never too late to do the right thing.
And the right thing -- -- to go up on the hill tell your own story in your own words and take questions.
Yeah down unless the right thing exposes the truth which is not in your favor.
And then you've got nothing but few station Tom did pretty good to see -- thanks very much likewise thank you.
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