Holder faces political pressure over possible Zimmerman charges
Atty. General Eric Holder spoke of Trayvon Martin's killing at a Delta Sigma Thetas Social Action event Monday, July 15, 2013.
July 16th, 2013
11:05 AM ET
9 months ago

Holder faces political pressure over possible Zimmerman charges

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder, a longtime target of Republicans who have tried to force him out of office, now faces the prospect of angering liberal supporters when his Department of Justice decides whether to file federal charges in the Trayvon Martin killing.

Civil rights groups are planning nationwide protests, and hundreds of thousands of people support an online petition drive calling for admitted shooter George Zimmerman to face federal charges in the February 2012 killing.

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DOJ tightens rules on subpoenas, warrants involving journalists
July 12th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
9 months ago

DOJ tightens rules on subpoenas, warrants involving journalists

Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors can no longer obtain search warrants for information obtained by journalists unless reporters are the subject of a criminal investigation, a Justice Department official said Friday.

It is one key change in guidelines stemming from controversial federal investigations that resulted in efforts by prosecutors to obtain journalist records about reporting on national security issues.

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Republicans say Holder will submit answers to leak questions next week
June 14th, 2013
07:49 PM ET
10 months 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.
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Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security
June 14th, 2013
09:34 AM ET
10 months ago

Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security

(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks about U.S. surveillance programs "extremely damaging" and vowed justice for whoever disseminated the information.

Appearing at a U.S.-European Union ministerial meeting Friday in Dublin, Ireland, Holder was asked by a reporter why the United States hasn't requested the arrest of Edward Snowden, the self-avowed National Security Agency leaker.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • NSA
Conservative Dem says Holder should think of quitting
June 7th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
10 months ago

Conservative Dem says Holder should think of quitting

(CNN) – Ongoing questions into Attorney General Eric Holder's handling of leak probes – and now his role in government phone surveillance – should lead him to at least consider resigning, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Friday.

Manchin, a conservative Democrat often at odds with President Barack Obama's administration, said any government official who seems to be losing authority should make the same calculation.
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Holder says he has 'no intention' of stepping down
June 6th, 2013
07:26 AM ET
11 months ago

Holder says he has 'no intention' of stepping down

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he has "no intention" of stepping down in the face of criticism over Justice Department handling of national security leak investigations that involved scrutiny of reporters.

Holder made the comment to NBC News.

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DOJ defends Holder's statement on leak investigation
June 3rd, 2013
04:44 PM ET
11 months ago

DOJ defends Holder's statement on leak investigation

Washington (CNN) – The Justice Department said Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder's recent testimony about leak cases involving reporters was "accurate and consistent," the latest response in an effort to refute charges the attorney general perjured himself in Congressional testimony.

Holder authorized a search warrant to get e-mails from a reporter's personal account but the Justice Department said at no time "have prosecutors sought approval to bring criminal charges against the reporter."
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June 2nd, 2013
12:34 PM ET
11 months ago

Republicans still questioning Holder's comment on leak investigations

(CNN) – Republicans pushed forward in their criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday, standing by a new investigation of his comments at a congressional hearing about leaks.

Holder has come under fire for saying in the May 15 grilling on Capitol Hill that he has never been involved with the "potential prosecution of the press," despite signing off on a 2010 warrant application that listed a Fox News reporter as a "co-conspirator" for receiving classified material from a government official.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • IRS • TV-State of the Union
Not so secret meetings with Holder
May 31st, 2013
08:33 PM ET
11 months ago

Not so secret meetings with Holder

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder's off-the-record meetings with the news media on guidelines for handling investigations of leaks to journalists suddenly are not so buttoned-up.

The Justice Department's initial ground rules for the discussions proved so controversial many organizations declined to participate, including the Associated Press, the New York Times and CNN.
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May 31st, 2013
07:48 AM ET
11 months ago

Justice Dept. says Holder didn't lie before congressional committee

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder's sworn testimony before lawmakers this month was "accurate and consistent with the facts," a Justice Department spokesman stressed late Thursday.

Holder's statements at the May 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee have come under scrutiny from congressional Republicans, who are looking into whether the attorney general lied under oath earlier this month when he said he wasn't involved in the "potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material."
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