Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and all Judiciary Committee Republicans today wrote to President Obama, transmitting a just-issued Committee report outlining the findings of the Judiciary Committee’s thorough investigation into the discrepancies between Attorney General Eric Holder’s sworn congressional testimony and his decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, which stated Rosen was at the very least an “aider, abettor, and/or co-conspirator” of the person who allegedly leaked classified information.
The House Judiciary Committee’s report finds that in his May 15, 2013 sworn testimony before the Committee, Attorney General Holder makes a “deliberate effort to avoid answering for [his] questionable decisions and actions.” Furthermore, Attorney General Holder’s “testimony was an attempt to circumvent proper congressional oversight and accountability by distorting the truth about the Justice Department’s investigative techniques targeting journalists.”
Chairman Goodlatte: “I find the lack of leadership at the Department of Justice extremely alarming. The deceptive and misleading testimony of Attorney General Holder is unfortunately just the most recent example in a long list of scandals that have plagued the Department.
The report that the House Judiciary Committee released today details not only the dubious testimony of Attorney General Holder but also the questionable actions of the Justice Department when it comes to their dealings with members of the media. These kinds of missteps are not acceptable and I will challenge Attorney General Holder’s mismanagement of the Department of Justice at every step.”
Key Findings of the House Judiciary Committee Report:
- Attorney General Holder gave deceptive and misleading testimony before the Committee.
- The Justice Department inappropriately interpreted the Privacy Protection Act of 1980 to obtain a search warrant for Mr. Rosen’s emails.
- The Justice Department’s proposed regulations governing the collection of evidence from, or the investigation of, journalists are a good first step, but more is needed.
- The Justice Department’s proposed amendment to the Privacy Protection Act of 1980, does not expand protections for journalists but merely codifies original congressional intent.