Attorney General Eric Holder is in no apparent hurry to clear up his recent and inconsistent testimony on reporter surveillance conducted by the Justice Department. The top U.S. law enforcement official on Wednesday ignored the deadline set by GOP lawmakers to clear up the confusion.
House Judiciary Committee Republicans gave Holder until “close-of-business” on Wednesday to issue a response. The did not receive any correspondence from the attorney general, an aide told FoxNews.com.
Holder first testified last month that he was not involved in or aware of any “potential prosecution of the press for disclosure of material.”
However, it was later revealed that Holder personally signed off on the search warrant to obtain Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails. The affidavit filed accused Rosen of being a likely criminal “co-conspirator” in the leak of sensitive material relating to North Korea’s nuclear program.
The Justice Department continues to claim that Holder’s testimony lines up with the facts of the investigation. A lower-level DOJ official replied to the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week, but the committee’s leadership was not satisfied with the response.
“A letter from a subordinate that fails to answer many of our questions does not suffice,” Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) wrote in a letter sent Tuesday.
The DOJ is justifying Holder’s testimony by saying the leak investigation never resulted into any prosecution of the reporter.
“The Attorney General’s testimony before the Committee on May 15, 2013, with respect to the Department’s prosecutions of the unauthorized disclosure of classified information was accurate and consistent with these facts,” the department’s letter to GOP lawmakers said.
Rep. Sennsenbrenner on Sunday said Congress should subpoena the attorney general so that he is forced to come before the committee and answer the questions they have on the matter.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) also said they should subpoena Holder to get answers.
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(H/T: Fox News)