Reporters Corner Jay Carney on Inconsistent Holder Testimony

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Credit: AP

Reporters grilled White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday over Attorney General Eric Holder’s seemingly misleading testimony on the Justice Department’s monitoring of members of the press.

Referring to Holder’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15, Fox News reporter Ed Henry pointed out that the attorney general claimed he was unaware of any “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material.”

It was later discovered that Holder personally signed off on the search warrant to obtain James Rosen’s personal emails, Henry explained.

“Even if the attorney general ruled out that he was going to prosecute Rosen…We know he was involved in it at the very least,” he told Carney. “Was he not telling the truth on that point?”

“Involved in what?” Carney asked.

“He signed off on the search warrant,” Henry shot back. “You’re not involved after signing a search warrant?”

Carney, unable to give a direct answer, again referred reporters to the Justice Department.

“You guys are conflating, you know, the subpoena with prosecution,” he told reporters.

After another journalist accused him of holding on to a “technical accuracy” regarding Holder’s testimony, Carney replied: “I’m not…I don’t see the conflict, but I would refer you to the Justice Department.”

Carney also said the White House was satisfied with IRS officials’ response to questions about the scandal plaguing the agency.

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