House Committee Investigating Whether Holder Lied About Press Probe

Whether U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may have lied about his involvement in “potential prosecution of the press” for disclosure of classified materials is now the subject of a House Judiciary Committee investigation, an unnamed aide told The Hill.

The investigation is looking into whether Holder’s congressional testimony about the Department of Justice’s seizure of reporters’ emails and phone records is inconsistent with NBC News’ report that Holder personally signed off on a search warrant for Fox News correspondent James Rosen. The warrant named the journalist as a ‘co-conspirator’ in a national security leak.

Here are Holder’s exact words from his May 15 testimony:

“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.”

Unnamed aides told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Holder felt “a creeping sense of personal remorse” upon reading the Washington Post’s story on the DOJ subpoena of a Fox News reporter.

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