Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed the one decision he wishes he could do over again during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday. Apparently, he regrets naming Fox News reporter James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in a Justice Department subpoena.
“What’s the one decision you made that you wish you could do over again?” Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart asked.
“I think about the subpoena to the Fox reporter, Rosen. I think that I could’ve been a little more careful looking at the language that was contained in the filing that we made with the court. He was labeled as a co-conspirator,” Holder replied. “You had to do that as a result of the statute, but there are ways in which, I think, that could have been differently, done better.”
Rosen responded to Holder's comments in a statement on Wednesday:
“Throughout this ordeal for my family and me, I have tried to keep my head down and continue covering – and breaking – the news. I consider myself blessed to have an employer in Fox News, and a boss in Roger Ailes, who have stood by me and enabled me to remain focused on what matters most to me in professional terms: first-rate journalism. At some later point, I may have more to say about this entire controversy, which – as commentators from across the ideological spectrum have noted – does indeed raise serious concerns about the state of press freedoms under the present administration. Suffice to say for now that the attorney general’s latest comments about my case, like his previous remarks, scarcely address the relevant facts of his conduct.”
Some might have expected Holder to cite the extremely flawed gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious.” The scandal continues to haunt the administration as guns lost by officials continue to pop up at crime scenes years later.
Holder also said individuals who continue to leak details surrounding the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, need to "shut up." He accused the leakers of trying to shape public opinion in the case.