BREAKING: Reince Priebus Calls on Eric Holder to Resign Over AP Secret Monitoring

Posted: May 14, 2013 12:13 PM

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign in light of the Department of Justice secretly monitoring Associated Press reporters' and editors' phone conversations. Priebus is calling the move by the DOJ a direct violation of the First Amendment.

“Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn’t request the federal government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution," Priebus said in a statement. "Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, the president should ask for his immediate resignation. If President Obama does not, the message will be unmistakable: The President of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press.”

Attorney General Eric Holder will testify tomorrow in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

EDITORS NOTE: A previous version of this post mentioned the Second Amendment, it should have been the First Amendment.

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