White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder testified truthfully when he said that he had never even “heard of” the “potential prosecution” of reporters for divulging classified material.
In fact, Holder had signed off on an affidavit allowing a search of Rosen’s emails and phone records because there was “probable cause” to believe Fox News reporter James Rosen committed a crime by acting as a “co-conspirator.”
In an indication that the White House is still ready to go to the mat for Holder, Carney also repeated that Obama has confidence in his attorney general.
What Carney did today was try to say that since there was no prosecution of Rosen, it must follow that there wasn’t a potential prosecution.
Which is perfectly rational if you want to accept that because I decided not to eat dessert after dinner last night, there was no potential that I would do it. Which is a strange assertion, particularly given that dessert contained chocolate.
Here’s the exchange:
MR. CARNEY: I think based on what you said, he testified truthfully. I think every published report — I think the Attorney General talked about prosecution. Every published report that I’ve read about the case in question says that it’s completed, no further charges or prosecution is contemplated. And again, I would point you to published reports on the extremely large distinction between what’s at issue here and prosecution.
Q Because the FBI affidavit identified Rosen as a potential “aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” That sounds very prosecutorial.
MR. CARNEY: Correct. And I would point you to published reports that say no prosecutorial action was taken and none is contemplated, again, based on my reading of reports. So it seems self-evident that that charge is inaccurate.
This is convoluted logic and desperate spin. That Carney didn’t do better leads to believe that Holder truly has a problem.