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James Rosen Corners Jen Psaki

You can tell he cornered her, because watch how pissy she gets.

Veteran Washington reporter James Rosen of Fox News today elucidated the Obama administration’s illogic and temporizing on Iraq by boxing State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki into an untenable position where she was left claiming that what is self-evidently a war is somehow not a war.

Read and watch him Psocking it to Psaki.

Rosen: What is the legal authority under which President Obama has launched the more than 100 air strikes that you just referenced?

Psaki: In Iraq? Well, the Iraqi government has invited the United States in to help them address this threat and that’s the legal authority.

Rosen: And he has reported to Congress on this subject, has he not?

Psaki: Yep.

Rosen: Under the aegis of what statute?

Psaki: He does War Powers Acts every time there’s a need to notify Congress.

Rosen: So we have a commander in chief that launched more than 100 air strikes at a given enemy who is reporting to the Congress under the aegis of the War Powers Act. Who is watching our people beheaded by this enemy, but who for some reason feels queasy about saying that we are in fact at war with this enemy?

Psaki: James, I think — I’m not going to put new words into the mouth of the President of the United States. My point is that his actions to authorize these strikes, his effort to send Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, any resource we have in the United States to lead the building of a coalition speak to his commitment to his commitment to taking on this threat. And of course we want to see ISIL destroyed, but that is not an overnight effort.

Holder Affidavit Indicated Possible Prosecution of Rosen

The affidavit signed by Attorney General Eric Holder specifically seeks to establish whether Fox News reporter James Rosen committed a crime, a clear suggestion that the Justice Department was considering prosecuting him.

Holder is under investigation by the House Judiciary Committee for perjury for telling the panel that he had never even “heard of” the “potential prosecution” of reporters for divulging classified material.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday sought to defend Holder by insisting prosecution of Rosen was never an issue, even though the affidavit states there is “probable cause” to believe Rosen was a “co-conspirator” in the crime of divulging classified materials. Rather, Carney implies, the only person considered for prosecution was Rosen’s source, State Department official Stephen Jin-Woo Kim.

But a closer reading of the affidavit, which was used to gain access to Rosen’s emails and phone records, suggests Rosen’s prosecution was a live possibility. The document, in a passage justifying access to Rosen’s emails, states:

Mr. Kim’s missing responses to the reporter’s e-mails would materially assist the FBI’s investigation as they could be expected establish further the fact of the disclosures, their content, and Mr. Kim’s and the reporter’s intent in making them, and could be expected to constitute direct evidence of their guilt or innocence.

The bolding at the end is mine.

The Justice Department would only seek evidence of Rosen’s guilt if the possibility existed that he would be prosecuted. Otherwise, it would have framed the affidavit solely as an attempt to establish the guilt of Rosen’s source.

It would seem very hard for Holder to claim that he testified truthfully when he said that potential prosecution of a reporter for divulging information was something he had never “been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” He signed an affidavit that specifically stated the intent was to seek evidence of a reporter’s guilt or innocence.

Carney: Holder Testified Truthfully

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.

Jay Carney Eric Holder is not a liar. I happen to know he told the truth just yesterday.
Photo by Keith Koffler

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.

Did Holder Commit Perjury Last Week?

Attorney General Eric Holder may have lied under oath last week when he told a House committee that he has never been involved in the “potential prosecution” of reporters for disclosing classified material. Michael Isikoff of NBC News reported Thursday that in fact Holder himself signed off on the search warrant that identified Fox News… Continue Reading