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.