Leak probe has chilled sources, AP exec says
June 19th, 2013
09:05 PM ET
10 months ago

Leak probe has chilled sources, AP exec says

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department's sweeping collection of Associated Press phone records as part of a national security leak investigation has had a chilling effect on sources, the news agency's top executive said on Wednesday.

"Some of our long-trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking to us - even on stories that aren't about national security," AP Chief Executive and President Gary Pruitt said at the National Press Club.

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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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DOJ won't appeal order allowing minors to get 'morning-after pill'
June 10th, 2013
08:49 PM ET
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DOJ won't appeal order allowing minors to get 'morning-after pill'

(CNN) – The Obama administration will allow minors to obtain one form of the emergency contraception known as the "morning-after pill," dropping its appeal of a judge's order requiring it to be sold over the counter.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman had ruled in April that the government must allow over-the-counter sales, and a federal appeals court rejected the administration's challenge to that ruling last week. The administration had been criticized by some women's rights groups for trying to stop contraception sales to underage females.

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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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Not so secret meetings with Holder
May 31st, 2013
08:33 PM ET
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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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Media execs tell Holder reporters need freedom to do their jobs
May 30th, 2013
08:46 PM ET
11 months 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
11 months 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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Poll: Americans say IRS the 'most important' controversy
May 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Americans say IRS the 'most important' controversy

(CNN) – Of the three major controversies plaguing the Obama administration in recent weeks, the drama surrounding the Internal Revenue Service is the most pressing to U.S. voters in a new survey.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 44% of registered voters say the IRS probe of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status is the most important. A little fewer than a quarter - 24% - say the Obama administration's handling of last year's terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, is of the most concern, while 15% say the same about the Justice Department's seizure of phone records of Associated Press reporters.
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Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
May 29th, 2013
11:20 PM ET
11 months 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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