Attorney General Eric Holder Personally Signed Off Order To Spy On Fox News Reporter

May 23, 2013 10:42 pmViews: 5284

Eric Holder signs on Fox News phone records

Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant that labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen a “possible co-conspirator” and resulted in the unknowing seizure of his private emails. The story was broken by National Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff of NBC News who used to be with Newsweek magazine so you know he's a liberal.

While it seems odd that the liberal press would come to the aid of Fox News who some don't even consider a news source, it is probably frightening to the media in general to have this level of spying by the government going on. It remains to be seen the exact details of the seizure of emails from Fox reporter James Rosen and his involvement in so-called espionage he was involved in.

It is ironic though that the same day it was revealed Holder had signed off on seizing Rosen's emails, President Obama, in a speech on counterterrorism said, "Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs." Maybe the President should have checked to see what Holder was up to before he made such an embarrassing statement.

Let's see how Obama and company get out of this one now that the liberal press is starting to turn against them.

Read more below from NBC News:

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

"I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable," Obama said. "Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs."

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had "asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information."

Obama's comments follow a firestorm of criticism that has erupted over disclosures that in separate investigations of leaks of classified information, the Justice Department had obtained private emails that Rosen exchanged with a source and the phone records of Associated Press reporters.

Holder previously said he recused himself from the AP subpoena because he had been questioned as a witness in the underlying investigation into a leak about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen. His role in personally approving the Rosen search warrant had not been previously reported.

A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Department of Justice later issued a statement about the review of media guidelines: “This review is consistent with Attorney General Holder's long-standing belief that freedom of the press is essential to our democracy," it said. "At the same time, the attorney general believes that leaks of classified information damage our national security and must be investigated using appropriate law enforcement tools.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to following all laws and regulations intended to safeguard national security as well as the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it."

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