May 28th, 2013
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers question whether Holder gave false testimony

Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 9:05 a.m. ET

(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee is looking into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath earlier this month when he said he wasn't involved in the "potential prosecution of the press," two Republican committee sources confirmed Tuesday.

Though he testified in a May 15 Congressional hearing that he's "never heard of" the press being potentially charged for obtaining leaked material, it has since been reported that he signed off on the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant in 2010 for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails as part of a leak probe.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • House
Choice of Holder to lead leak review questioned
May 26th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Choice of Holder to lead leak review questioned

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder’s direct involvement in the decision to search a reporter’s e-mail records should bar him from leading a review of how the government investigates national security leaks, Republicans argued Sunday.

The decision to apply for a warrant to search Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private correspondence was vetted at the Justice Department's highest levels, including Holder, a Justice official said last week, although the later decision to issue the warrant was made by a federal magistrate judge.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Eric Holder • Lindsey Graham • Tom Coburn
Holder involved in decision to ask for search warrant for reporter's private emails
May 24th, 2013
06:27 PM ET
2 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.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Fox News • Justice Department
Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009
May 22nd, 2013
04:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009

Washington (CNN) - Counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged on Wednesday.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and knew about three other Americans who had been killed in counter-terror drone strikes.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
May 15th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Holder criticizes longtime foe Issa at committee hearing

Washington (CNN) – Political fireworks over a little-noticed Supreme Court appeal and a separate whistleblower lawsuit had U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a longtime congressional adversary exchanging harsh words at a House committee hearing Wednesday.

Holder, testifying before the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, sparred with GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California over congressional requests for private e-mails of top Holder aide Thomas Perez, who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be Labor Secretary.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • House
Holder orders IRS investigation
May 14th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Holder orders IRS investigation

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he has ordered an investigation of any criminal wrongdoing in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.


Filed under: Eric Holder • IRS • Justice Department
Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision
May 14th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press reporters, a source told CNN's Jessica Yellin on Tuesday.

The approval fell to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the source said.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe
May 14th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe

(CNN) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder must resign after his agency collected two months of telephone records from reporters at the Associated Press, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday.

"Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn't request the federal government to respect it; it demands it," Priebus wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution."
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Reince Priebus • RNC
Kerry pledges to donate portion of salary to charity
April 5th, 2013
03:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Kerry pledges to donate portion of salary to charity

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday joined the list of Obama administration officials who have pledged to give back part of their salary in recognition of furloughed federal workers.

Both President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel have  said they will write a check to the Treasury to show unity with those affected by the forced spending cuts that went into effect on March 1.

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Filed under: Budget • Eric Holder • John Kerry • President Obama
March 7th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul 'happy' with drone response

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Rand Paul
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