Attorney General Eric Holder is set to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday at 1 p.m. eastern time. You can watch the hearing here.
Holder is facing a slew of scandals as he prepares to take questions from lawmakers about Justice Department oversight. First, let’s not forget Holder has been held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling and changing his statements about Operation Fast and Furious. Second, there’s the IRS inappropriately targeting Tea Party groups. Holder said he has opened up a criminal investigation into that case. Third, Holder will be in a room full of reporters while answering questions about the Justice Department secretly monitoring personal and work phone lines of Associated Press reporters. Holder said yesterday he recused himself from the AP leak case “early on” and that the case was handled by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Based on the topics at hand, here are a few questions lawmakers should ask Holder under oath:
If the AP leak case was one of the worst in history according to you, why did you as the AG step down from the case?
Yesterday during a press conference, Holder made it a point to stress how serious of a leak was involved in the Associated Press case. He said it was one of the worst leaks he's seen throughout his career yet decided to recuse himself from the case. It seems the chief law enforcement officer, who is Holder, should be working on the most dangerous cases with the highest impact. Not to mention, the law requires the Attorney General to sign off on subpoenas used to monitor media outlets.
Was the Associated Press the only media outlet secretly monitored?How many reporters from what media outlets had their communications secretly monitored?
Just this morning, Holder was asked by NPR how many media outlets have been monitored by the Department of Justice. Holder said he "wasn't sure." The focus up to this point has been on the Associated Press however, it isn't far fetched to ask just how many journalists DOJ decided to secretly monitor.
Why does the Department of Justice actively work with Media Matters to squash scandals and smear journalists?
Today the far-left, George Soros funded Media Matters smear machine came out in support of the Department of Justice in the AP phone tapping case. Why? Because the group is practically on the payroll. The Department of Justice public affairs divisions regularly partners with Media Matters to attack whistleblowers and journalists who dare to expose scandal and wrongdoing within Obama's DOJ. These attacks have included yours truly. As a reminder:
Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.
Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals.
Emails sent in September and November 2010 show Schmaler working with Media Matters staffer Jeremy Holden on attacking news coverage of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal.
Holden attacked former DOJ Civil Rights Division attorneys J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky on Sept. 20, 2010 for what he called an attempt “to reignite the phony New Black Panther Party scandal.”
Before Holden posted his article at 7:52 p.m., Schmaler sent him several emails with information helping him attack both former DOJ oficials.
Throughout the email exchanges TheDC obtained through the FOIA request are numerous examples of Gertz and other Media Matters staff sending the full text of Media Matters blog entries attacking the DOJ’s political opponents in the media.
Among others, Gertz sent Schmaler attack pieces he wrote about Townhall Magazine’s Katie Pavlich, who also authored a book on Operation Fast and Furious; Breitbart.com writers Joel Pollak and Ken Klukowski; Fox News Channel’s William LaJeunesse, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; Sipsey Street Irregulars blogger Mike Vanderboegh; DirectorBlue blogger Doug Ross; National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy; and this reporter.
Why is it that you never know anything about any major cases going on within your department?
Every time a scandal has surfaced within the Obama administration that directly involves the Department of Justice, Holder claims to have found out about it through "press reports." After that, he pleads ignorant and claims he never signed off on anything. He didn't see Fast and Furious memos addressed directly to him. He didn't sign off on the secret monitoring of AP reporter and editor phone lines, etc.
These are just a few of the questions that should be asked and it's far past time for Holder to be held accountable. Not to mention, he is still in contempt.
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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