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.FULL STORY
(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."
(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.
(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.
Washington (CNN) - Tracy Schmaler, the chief spokeswsoman for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department for the past four years, is leaving to take a job working for former White House senior adviser David Axelrod.
In a statement provided to CNN, Schmaler said she will leave Justice in early March.
Washington (CNN) – Wal-Mart's envoy to the White House's gun violence task force will meet with Attorney General Eric Holder, not the group's leader Vice President Joe Biden, an administration official said Thursday.
Wal-Mart is one of ten retailers meeting with Holder Thursday, the Justice Department said. Other stores expected to be represented at the 3:15 p.m. ET meeting include Dick's Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops.
(CNN) – The top Republican on the Senate committee that oversees the Justice Department issued a blistering criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder and his department for failing to pursue criminal charges against a giant global bank that admits violating federal laws by laundering money on behalf of Iran, Libya, Sudan and Myanmar.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent his stinging letter to Holder Thursday, calling it "inexcusable" for the department not to prosecute criminal behavior by the British banking giant HSBC. In a settlement reached Tuesday, HSBC agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.92 billion in a wide-ranging agreement. Any prosecution in the case was "deferred," meaning it is unlikely anyone from the bank will ever go to jail for wrongdoing.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme "Fast and Furious" will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a statement late Monday.
Gary Grindler is Holder's chief of staff and has held a number of other positions, including as acting deputy attorney general. His office oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led the program that allowed hundreds of illegally purchased weapons into the hands of Mexican cartels as a way of tracking their movements.
Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he has not yet decided whether to remain in his Cabinet post during President Barack Obama's second term.
Answering a question during an appearance at the University of Baltimore Law School, Holder said he would discuss the question with the president and with his family before making any decision about how long to remain as attorney general.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder and first lady Michelle Obama weighed in Saturday on a battleground in the 2012 election: voting rights.
Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Gala, Holder said voting rights are more than a partisan issue, while Obama recalled the pains many withstood in the civil rights struggle. The right to cast a ballot, she said, is significant, important, and should be protected.