DOJ defends Holder's statement on leak investigation
June 3rd, 2013
04:44 PM ET
1 year 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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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
June 2nd, 2013
12:34 PM ET
1 year 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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Not so secret meetings with Holder
May 31st, 2013
08:33 PM ET
1 year 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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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
May 31st, 2013
07:48 AM ET
1 year 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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Media execs tell Holder reporters need freedom to do their jobs
May 30th, 2013
08:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Media execs tell Holder reporters need freedom to do their jobs

(CNN) – Justice Department officials expressed a measure of regret on Thursday that the agency went as far as it did in national security leak investigations involving close scrutiny of reporters, and expressed a commitment to review its guidelines so reporters would not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.

That was a readout of a meeting on Thursday between Attorney General Eric Holder and media executives over the agency's policies, according to journalists who attended the discussion.
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Holder meeting: More substance than charm?
May 30th, 2013
05:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Holder meeting: More substance than charm?

Washington (CNN) - Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder's long-time friend Reid Weingarten, the high-powered Washington attorney, came to his defense Thursday telling CNN that off-the-record sessions with media executives were not meant as a mea culpa.

"This is not about Eric Holder giving his defense. This is a policy discussion Eric has been instructed to do by the president. He wants people to sit down and roll up their sleeves," Weingarten says. "This is not a charm offensive. This is substantive."
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Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
May 29th, 2013
11:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks

Updated at 12:38 p.m. ET on Thursday 5/30

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.

The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media relations manager.
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May 29th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
1 year ago

5 things about the controversy surrounding AG Eric Holder

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder, a political lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration, is under fire for two cases involving secret subpoenas or searches for phone records and other information of journalists involved in reports about leaked classified information.

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Leak probe notification in question
May 29th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Leak probe notification in question

Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 1:59 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – Questions over whether or not the government notified the parent company of Fox News about an investigation into one of its reporters continued to swirl Wednesday as the Justice Department's review of leak probes was set to begin.

The agency is battling accusations of overreach in its attempt to quash leaks of sensitive national security details to the press. In two separate cases, phone records of reporters were seized in a bid to ferret out officials who were providing classified information to the media.
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Holder to meet with news execs
May 29th, 2013
09:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Holder to meet with news execs

Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 10:46 a.m. ET

(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder will begin meetings with representatives of media organizations this week as part of his review of how the federal government handles leak investigations, a Justice Department official said Wednesday.

The meetings with chiefs of Washington bureaus will begin Thursday, and will include representatives from a wide range of media outlets, including newspapers, wire services, radio and television broadcasters, and online organizations.
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