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Eric Holder on Secretly Monitoring the Press: "I Know Nothing"

tcoats Wrote: May 16, 2013 1:30 AM
Did anybody think to ask to see the subpoenas to find out exactly who signed them and when? It seems to me that if Holder signed them then he knows more than he is claiming. On the other hand, if James Cole signed them then the subpoenas are illegal and, according to the law, only the Attorney General of the United States can legally sign off on subpoenas related to press monitoring...recused or not. It would be interesting to find out for sure. Someone needs to have a look at the supboenas.

Under pressure from lawmakers Wednesday to explain why the Department of Justice secretly monitored the personal and work phones of Associated Press reporters, Attorney General Eric Holder shielded himself from responsibility by claiming, "I don't know."

According to Holder, Deputy Attorney General James Cole signed off on a subpoena allowing for the monitoring of AP reporters and editors after Holder recused himself from the case. The law requires the Attorney General of the United States to sign off on subpoenas related to press monitoring. Holder claimed throughout the hearing that because he recused himself "early on," he knew nothing...

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