Press Releases

Conyers: Justice Department Response Should Put Partisan Allegations to Rest

Washington, DC, June 3, 2013

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Justice transmitted a letter in response to Congressman Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman Sensenbrenner’s (R-Wisc.) letter to the attorney general on May 29, 2013.  Following the delivery of this letter, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:

“I appreciate the department’s quick and forthright response to the recent letter from Chairman Goodlatte and Rep. Sensenbrenner.  The letter makes it abundantly clear that the attorney general did not intentionally mislead the Judiciary Committee when he testified at our oversight hearing several weeks ago.

“It is no secret that I have strong concerns about the Department’s interaction with the press in both the AP and Fox News investigations.  However, rather than continually challenging and disrespecting the attorney general’s good faith in this matter with unnecessary and overheated rhetoric,  I believe the Judiciary Committee should engage in real and meaningful oversight and consider legislation regarding the First Amendment as it applies to the press in leak investigations.”