Holder involved in decision to ask for search warrant for reporter's private emails
May 24th, 2013
06:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Holder involved in decision to ask for search warrant for reporter's private emails

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder was involved in the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails, a Justice official told CNN.

The decision to apply for the search warrant was vetted at the department's highest levels, including Holder, the official said, although the decision to issue a warrant was made by a federal magistrate judge.

The Obama administration's aggressive posture against leaks to reporters on national security matters has come under scrutiny recently as probes of Rosen and Associated Press reporters have come to light.

It prompted Obama to announce on Thursday he has directed Holder to review federal guidelines for investigating leaks and reporters. That review will include assembling a panel of media representatives.

Justice Department officials dug into the phone records of AP reporters, including work, cell, and home lines, the news agency said earlier this month. It said investigators were looking into its account of a foiled plot to bomb a U.S. airliner in May 2012.

AP reporters were never labeled as suspected criminals, but an FBI affidavit used to obtain the warrant for Rosen's e-mails described him as potentially being an "aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" to the crime of disclosing government secrets.

That case centers on a 2009 Fox News report on classified intelligence about North Korea.

No charges have been brought against Rosen or Fox News.

Obama said Thursday he was "troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable."

- CNN's Kevin Liptak and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Eric Holder • Fox News • Justice Department
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. buongirno

    i think there are underlying issues

    May 24, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Safejourney

    Who is leaking classified intelligence to the press. Especially to Fox news reporters?

    May 24, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Of course he was.

    More and more, it looks like he was targeted because he was Jewish.

    May 24, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    So what? It was a serious investigation involving espionage from North Korea. I would expect Holder to be involved.

    Before y'all start hollering about "freedom of the press", you need to actually read about this case. (You're not getting the details here.). Rosen was getting info from a North Korean stooge. And maybe giving info, too. A grand jury indicted the stooge for espionage. Read all about it. Not here, apparently.

    May 24, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Richard Right

    I said maybe Holder didn't know about Fast and Furious like he said. But now I'm going to assume he was lying then too.

    May 24, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. mdean

    he lied to congress, we now know he signed the search warrant for james rosen’s personal emails, but why should we expect the truth from this protected fool. he is taking his cues from a president who in his own words doesnt know whats going on, he gets his information like the rest of us, from the network news. no one in this administration knows who is at fault and no one is responsible for anything. this is the best case i have seen for affirmative action and promoting incompetence, NO ONE GETS FIRED, we can do away with all qualifications and go on our merry way towards utopia.

    May 24, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. James

    ""General Eric Holder was involved in the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails""–Well, Surprise, Surprise !!!

    May 24, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Deac

    This is the most corrupt administration I have ever seen. I guess this is Chicago politics.

    May 24, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Getoverit

    LOL! After saying he wasn't involved. LOL!

    May 24, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Jim

    No surprise at all..........let's face it, anyone opposing Obama's reelection campaign was targeted, and not just by one government agancy........the Obama adminstration goes to extarordinary means to bend the truth to their liking, and then goes after anyone with an opposing point of view........more will continue to come out for sure,as cover up after cover up is exposed........truth is this country needs a leader more than ever, and what we have is a Chicago politician with a teleprompter.....God help us..........

    May 24, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. hender1123

    Holder was appointed to be the bag man and he's just doing the job he was hired to do.

    May 24, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. rosethornne

    I really hate to say it, but I think Eric Holder needs to go.

    May 24, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Anybody – reporter, Soldier, or politician who willfully releases classified information should go to jail. At this level it's a treasonous act. Those "leaks" cost Servicemembers and members of the intelligence community their lives.

    May 24, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Fox News has openly worked to harm our Federal government for many years. This is an organization operating with Ruphert Murdoch's sense of honor... none.

    May 24, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Greg C.

    Let's be clear, this is a DOJ who is friends with Obama and at the behest of the President conducting an investigation of the DOJ actions...that like handing a robber keys to the bank vault and asking him to lock up after he's done and make sure no one left the door unlocked....brilliant!

    May 24, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Wes

    So the racist holder was caught lying. And now he gets to investigate himself. What a pathetic excuse for an administration.

    May 25, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. Luca

    National security should count more than Press rights.

    May 25, 2013 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  18. Tom L.

    Clearly the government is too big and this is just another example of that fact. Plus Holder lied under oath.

    May 25, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  19. Greg C.

    Holder should resign...he's mis-led Congress and at best a political grunt...

    May 25, 2013 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. Nclaw441

    No comments? Has Holder not been caught in a lie?

    May 25, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  21. L.D. Hughes

    O>K Telephone time =yea dile #3 please---Yes this is President Obama let me speak to Eric please-- ERIC how are you doing with the check out the one I ask you to do on Eric? humm Having a hard time getting him to come to meetings.....Well when he does come can you get anything? You think he is lying to you when he does answer.

    May 25, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  22. Riff Raff Ruff

    I'm not going to make any sweeping generalizations except to say that had Clinton simply approved the warrants the FBI wanted when they asked for them in 9-11, we would be in a lot better shape today than we are. They wanted to plant listening devices in motel rooms rented by Muhammed Atta in Boston. Had those devices been planted, the FBI and NSA would have known a lot more about the 9-11 plans than they already did. Clinton erred on the other side of the issue to a fault. Maybe Obama remembered that fact and erred on the other side of the issue.

    May 25, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  23. Michael D.

    Liberals: "chirp, chirp, chirp".

    May 25, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  24. Addison

    Eric Holder seems to have more controversies than any AG I have known in my life. So far no one holds him accountable for his mistakes. This is a biggie and against the press, and what makes this worse is that he recently told congress this was done at a lower level and he was not involved. He lied. Time for Holder to go, as power is going to his head.

    May 25, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. Chewbacca

    Until Holder faces charges of illegal weapons charges, I cannot see how this man could possibly be in charge of a pencil. He has no: merit, morals, or ethics and has lost complete credibility in the eyes of the public.

    May 25, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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