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Eric Holder’s abdication

Post  fshnski on Wed May 15, 2013 8:33 pm

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank
Opinion Writer

Eric Holder’s abdication

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By Dana Milbank, Wednesday, May 15, 8:04 PM

As the nation’s top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information. But he seems to be proud of how little he knows.

Why didn’t his Justice Department inform the Associated Press, as the law requires, before pawing through reporters’ phone records?

“I do not know,” the attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon, “why that was or was not done. I simply don’t have a factual basis to answer that question.”

Why didn’t the DOJ seek the AP’s cooperation, as the law also requires, before issuing subpoenas?

“I don’t know what happened there,” Holder replied. “I was recused from the case.”

Why, committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) asked, was the whole matter handled in a manner that appears “contrary to the law and standard procedure”?

“I don’t have a factual basis to answer the questions that you have asked because I was recused,” the attorney general said.

On and on Holder went: “I don’t know. I don’t know. . . . I would not want to reveal what I know . . . I don’t know why that didn’t happen . . . I know nothing, so I’m not in a position really to answer.”

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Re: Eric Holder’s abdication

Post  WHL on Thu May 16, 2013 7:23 am

That's the safest way for him. When you have something to hide----

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