Attorney General lied under oath when he testified before Congress about the DOJ’s seizure of reporters’ records. Ed Morrissey has video of his testimony before Congress during which he said “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” But we now know that Holder personally approved of the subpoena for James Rosen’s communications which alleged that Rosen had broken the law.
As it turns out, Holder not only heard of it, he personally approved it. The warrant in the Rosen case specified that he was considered a potential suspect in the leak of classified material, the reason that the DoJ didn’t bother to follow the existing Watergate-era statute in coordinating the records request with Fox News. And note that Holder’s testimony in this case wasn’t produced by some sophisticated perjury trap sprung by a Republican, but as a freely-offered representation to no particular question during the question period of a Democrat.
There is no other way to view this except as a lie. Even if Holder wasn’t under oath, that would constitute a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. It certainly should produce at least a resignation, and almost assuredly would require the appointment of a special prosecutor, especially since the next person down in the organization, James Cole, is suspected of doing the same thing with reporters.
Read the whole thing. Now even liberals are calling for Holder’s resignation. But he failed to resign after any of his other past scandals have come to light, so I won’t hold my breath waiting for him to step down now.
In related news, Roger Ailes sent an email to employees of Fox News telling them that the administration’s attempts to intimidate them will fail.
Update: Also be sure to read about how the administration argued to keep the warrant secret so they could go on reading Rosen’s emails for years.
Update: Linked by Conservative Hideout – thanks!