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Holder: It Wasn’t Me

Attorney General Holder today said he had nothing to do with seizing phone records of the Associated Press, revealing that he had recused himself from the whole case because he was interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation.

Holder spoke at the Justice Department. Here is some video from the briefing:

Instead, Holder said, it was Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole who rounded up the records. And in a letter today to AP President Gary Pruitt, Cole said was unapologetic and said he wasn’t giving the records back.

“We strive in every case to strike the proper balance between the public’s interest in the free flow of information and the public’s interest in the protection of national security and effective enforcement of our laws,” he wrote. “We believe we have done so in this matter.”

Holder too defended the DOJ action, which involved a leak related to an operation that foiled the blowing up of an airliner by an al Qaeda group in Yemen.

“This was … a very, very serious leak,” he said. “I have been a prosecutor since 1976 and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I have ever seen.”

Republicans condemned the targeting of journalists.

“Coming within a week of revelations that the White House lied to the American people about the Benghazi attacks and the IRS targeted conservative Americans for their political beliefs, Americans should take notice that top Obama administration officials increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don’t have to answer to anyone,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called on Holder to resign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama maintains confidence in the attorney general.

21 Responses to Holder: It Wasn’t Me

  1. I don’t believe anything will come of the IRS scandal, Benghazi or the AP scandal. I just don’t. They’ll all be outraged but it will pass with absolutely nothing changing.

    • Im such a bitter cynic when it comes to the USA under the Obama regime (thanks to the “media” & “low-information voters”) I believe you…

      • I don’t know if you and I are just cynical but we aren’t stupid. There have been many things in this administration that have gone without consequence. Unless you want to consider the consequence of our complete lack of trust in this government. Beyond that…ppppffttt. They’re already arguing about the validity of these scandals and the longer they continue to do that nothing will happen.

  2. Yet the “leaking” of the details of OBL’s killing and every other leak that makes the WH look good is all fine and dandy.

    THIS is what happens when you take Chicago out of Chicago and turn it loose on the entire country.

    Corruption, corruption, corruption……did I mention corruption?

    And before anyone gets too much hope the “press” might turn the corner after all this crap, take a look at how many articles there are criticizing Dear Leader for his taxpayer funded fundraising trip to NYC where he told his fawning subjects: “It’s all Rush Limbaugh’s fault”!

  3. I have to believe the press won’t sit down for this as this is their livelihood at stake.

    It’s not just about Obama and his administration but the power of the Executive branch.

    We’ll see if all their subpoenas were up to snuff.

  4. If I remember correctly, Holder was already found in Contempt of Congress.
    What can happen to him next? Do uble Contempt of Congress?
    Benghazi, F&F, IRS, and AP phone records snatch.
    Don’t expect any MSM real investigative reporting, they created this Frankenstein of a President and they won’t let him die.

  5. My tin foil hat must be too tight because I can’t see the harm to national security if the details of how a major terrorist attack was foiled is made public.

    I’m guessing the phone records were to find a leak that brought the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups into question. It’s all connected; the phone records/ IRS targeting. IRS Shulman testified in April 2012 that there was no illegal activities at the IRS.

    • He could always bring Hillary back.. she was a lawyer.. (hahahahaha).

      Loss of Holder would be big for him but am sure they have already searched out a possible replacement.

  6. As I’ve typed many times on this site, Eric “the Snake” Holder will slither its way to the White House and curl up with Barack to escape harms way. Pitiful, pitiful, and even more pitiful.
    Thanks Keith, I am a Hogan’s Heroes fan from it’s original airing.

  7. What bothers me is the constant refusal on the part of all Obama cabinet members who virtually say they are not responsible for a lower level “mistake”. In any job I’ve held throughout my life, the boss is always responsible for his underlings’ misgivings. Obama, himself, never takes responsibility for anything. For him to say that he doesn’t know about anything that is negative is seemingly unbelievable. I worked in the WH. The President is informed of everything that might cause the administration embarrassment. His constant admission of not knowing about what is going on under his watch should be extremely troubling to the citizens of this country. What have we become under the Obama watch?

  8. Is everyone still stupid about Holder and Obama? Does anyone believe that Holder and Obama are not responsible for the three scandals. Benghazi deaths of four people, DOJ stealing records of reporters, IRS not giving tax exempt status to conservative groups and Jewish Groups, hurting them terribly by withholding money from them. These scandals are all Holder and Obama’s doing. If anyone believes otherwise, they should grow up, it is so obvious