Attorney General Eric Holder is under investigation by the House Judiciary Committee for possibly committing perjury during May 15 testimony in which he said he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury, according to The Hill.
Because, it seems he was associated with such potential prosecution. Soon after Holder’s testimony, news broke that Holder signed off on an affidavit that labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in a crime for obtaining classified information from a source.
Meanwhile, in what would appear to be the beginning of some serious damage control, The Daily Beast is reporting that once Holder read a Washington Post story revealing the Rosen affidavit he had signed, he began feeling “a creeping sense of personal remorse.”
Because as the Beast reports, Holder’s one of the good guys!
“Look, Eric sees himself fundamentally as a progressive, not some Torquemada out to silence the press,” says a friend who asked not to be identified. And yet late last week even the progressive Huffington Post was calling for Holder to step down over the leaks furor.
It’s just he was under so much pressure!!
As an explanation, if not a justification, Justice officials say that the department’s leadership had come under withering pressure to investigate leaks from both within the intelligence community and Congress.
And he really wants to make it all better!
In an interview, Holder acknowledged that there was considerable room for improvement in how Justice handles leak cases, casting the episode as a kind of teaching moment for his department and himself.
I’d say after more than four years on the job, the time for teaching moments is over. If the learning curve is that steep, maybe it’s time to find someone who has prepared for test of being the attorney general by reading the First Amendment from start to finish.