I bring this to share as much for a reference item and something to return to for how far our freedoms and ability for the Press to operate freely has
fallen, as the topical data it contains. It's very valuable in my view, as an official record to stand beside the various media accounts that often
can't agree on the basics.
The title of the report is:
JOURNALISTS OR CRIMINALS?
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Testimony before the Committee and the Justice Department’s National Security Leak Investigative Techniques
The report is 35 pages of both analysis/summary and direct quoted testimony. This is not attempting to be a 'give the benefit of the doubt' report,
and as such, will surely be called a strictly partisan attack piece by some. However, I'd remind folks that this isn't The Blaze or Fox News
reporting. It's an official report and document, now a part of the National Record forever, wherein they cite his direct testimony in the support of
conclusions reached and additional points raised to consider.
An idea of what this contains can be gleamed from the executive summary:
Mr. Holder assured the Committee, in sworn testimony, that “[w]ith regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material,
that is not something that I have ever been involved, heardof, or would think would be a wise policy.” Yet, as the Committee learned after its May
15, 2013, hearing, in 2010, the Justice Department obtained a search warrant for Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen’s emails by
swearing to a federal court that Mr. Rosen was a co-conspirator in a national security leak investigation.
When questioned by the Committee about the obvious clash between his testimony and the truth, Mr. Holder refused to answer questions from the
Committee. Finally, after weeks of delay, Mr. Holder responded to the Committee’s inquiry. However, Mr. Holder’s responses do not ameliorate our
concern that his testimony to the Committee was deceptive and misleading. We take little comfort in Mr. Holder’s assurances to us now that the
Department never intended to prosecute Mr. Rosen when it labeled him a criminal suspect in 2010.
Here is another piece from the same summary section at the head of the report.
The Committee finds that Mr. Holder’s sworn testimony in the Rosen matter was
deceptive and misleading. No amount of law-making can restore credibility and professionalism
to the Justice Department in the wake of these revelations. The only way to achieve this goal is
through an improvement in the quality of leadership at the Justice Department.
The report was issued July 31, 2013.
I know it's become a near habit for some to reply in a knee jerk response before reading things an OP is based on. This is especially true when the
linked material is more than a page or two of MSM level writing. I'd really urge folks to take a few moments to look over this though.
Again, this stands apart in value as being Official and representing not only sworn testimony but conclusions reached by people who hold and wield
power based on them. Unlike a Reporter who really doesn't care much nor can do anything regarding each story they cover in a blur of endless stories,
this may well lead to more being done. If so, here is the background and some of the solid, recorded fact which outlines this whole situation.
Phony scandal? No.... Holder's testimony was phony as established in direct examples of contradictions he made. The issue itself is anything but
phony. We could only wish it were, in my humble opinion.
Congressional Report on Holder's Testimony - July 31, 2013
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