DoJ sends letter defending Holder on perjury charge
You knew that they'd find a way to parse what the AG said that would make it seem he was telling the truth when he told the House Judiciary Committee that he had nothing to do with the subpoenas of journalists and was unaware that Fox News reporter James Rosen would be indicted.
The Justice Department has issued a new defense of Attorney General Eric Holder's Congressional testimony last month on investigations of journalists, sending a letter to two House leaders who complained that Holder appeared to have misled lawmakers at a May 15 hearing.
The letter from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik doesn't add much to the sum total of knowledge about why prosecutors named Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in order to get a search warrant for his email in a leak investigation. It also reflects statements DOJ made last week arguing that labeling Rosen that way was not at odds with Holder's statement to the House Judiciary Committee that he'd never even "heard of" the possibility of prosecuting a journalist.
"Seeking a search warrant is part of an investigation of criminal activity, which typically comes before any final decision about prosecution," Kadzik wrote in the letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr. "We are unaware of an instance in when the Department has prosecuted a journalist for the mere publication of classified information.....At no time during the pendency of this matter--before or after seeking the search warrant--have prosecutors sought approval to bring criminal charges against the reporter."
DoJ claims in the letter that Holder's testimony was "accurate and consistent with these facts." Sure it was - as long as you think "facts" aren't "facts" but rather frangible annoyances that can be circumvented without much trouble.
Holder was caught in a lie and everyone knows it. He didn't think it would be revealed that he signed off on Rosen's subpoena and he felt safe denying it.
Note to DoJ: Getting away with telling a lie is not the same as telling the truth.