Republicans say Holder will submit answers to leak questions next week
June 14th, 2013
07:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans say Holder will submit answers to leak questions next week

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder will send the House Judiciary Committee additional information next week to clarify his earlier testimony about reporters and leak investigations, according to Republican leaders of the panel.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, said Friday in a statement that Holder has agreed to respond to specific questions the Republicans submitted to him at the end of May. A committee aide told CNN that Holder is supposed to submit his answers in writing by Wednesday, June 19.

Holder also is expected to meet on Capitol Hill with committee leaders at some point "so that he can further clarify his recent testimony," said the two lawmakers. Previously Republicans demanded that Holder testify again before the full committee, but there was no mention of that in Friday's statement.

The Justice Department had no comment.

The dispute centers on whether Holder was truthful during his May 15 congressional testimony to the committee. Holder came under fire for saying that he had never been involved with the "potential prosecution of the press," despite authorizing a search warrant for e-mails and subpoenas for phone records in a national security leak case involving a Fox News reporter.

A court document in the case said the reporter was suspected of breaking the law.

A May 2010 affidavit detailed the effort involving the e-mail account of Fox reporter James Rosen. He was not charged in the leak investigation although the document referred to him as a possible co-conspirator.

The only person charged was Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who allegedly leaked a classified report concerning North Korea to Rosen.

According to the document, the government believed Kim had destroyed some possibly incriminating e-mails and the government hoped to find those in the reporter's inbox.

Judiciary committee Republicans reacted angrily when a deputy to Holder–rather than the attorney general–initially responded to their questions.

"The American people and Congress deserve answers on this important matter and accountability from Attorney General Holder," Goodlatte said Friday.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    I guess Holder's deputy didn't bring enough rubes to your dog-and-pony show, eh, Republicans?

    I have other problems with Holder, but he's on solid ground with Rosen and the AP. If Republicans truly cared about the Constitution, they'd take away Holder's ability to sift through phone meta-data provided to him by the NSA.

    But that's not on the program, it seems.

    Next!

    June 14, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Holder will tell them nothing.

    June 14, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Instead how about next week just retire.

    June 14, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. MesaMax

    We need to know where Obama was and what he was doing all 24 hours of 9/11/12. The American people deserve to know.

    June 15, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  5. ralphco

    is there a person out there who believes a single word Holder says? hasn't he been caught in enough lies to have no credibility?

    June 15, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  6. Chris

    Republicans would rather see the Obama administration fail than for America to succeed.

    June 15, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. Jerry

    Any Américan who takes this Obama trained series liar seriously needs to have his/her head examined, whether Democrat or Republican!

    June 15, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  8. Bob

    He should also supply the committee with the unmolested truth on all outstanding matters of contention (including, but not limited to, the most rampant government corruption allegations in decades). This presentation should be concluded with, of course, his resignation.

    June 15, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. hender1123

    I can answer them right now, I don't know, I don't recall, I can't answer because this is an active investigation, that's another department, and the ever popular, it's above my pay grade. Those are the answers that are popular with the Director of the FBI as well. This is the transparent Administration that Obama promised.

    June 15, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Jimbob

    Since Republicans clearly plan to focus on nothing but these phony "investigations" through 2016, costing the taxpayers hundreds of millions in the process, how many jobs is this going to create?

    June 15, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. St Xavier

    You people who keep complaining about Obama should get another life, Obama will President for the next 3 an 1/2 years to go. He's yours an my president take it an move on. The next election maybe you will get the kind of president you want but don't hold your breath on that you Rep's have a bad tract record for picking true winners.

    June 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |