Holder’s Recusal From Leak Case Wasn’t Done In Writing

Attorney General Eric Holder testified Wednesday that his recusal from a criminal investigation into an administration leak of classified information last year was not done in writing.

Asked by Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) whether he thought it might be appropriate to memorialize such an action as a matter of record, Holder concurred.

“I guess it might be helpful,” he said before the House Judiciary Committee.

The Justice Department faces increased scrutiny for subpoenaing the phone records of Associated Press journalists during April and May of 2012, an action the news organization characterized as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into its operations. Holder told lawmakers that Deputy Attorney General James Cole authorized the subpoenas as part of the criminal investigation.


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