From my FNC colleague Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Fox First: Holder tells House panel issuance of Rosen warrant was “not equivalent to the prosecution of a member of the news media.”
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Attached is the letter that Attorney General Eric Holder tonight wrote to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in response to a series of eight questions about how the DoJ handled the warrant involving Fox’s James Rosen. Listed below are Holder’s responses to the questions. Goodlatte posed the questions after Holder appeared before the Judiciary panel in mid-May and questions were raised about whether he told the truth about how his department handled the Rosen case. The Judiciary Committee sought further clarification on this by the end of the day today.
Holder is to come in to speak behind closed doors with Judiciary Committee members sometime in the next few days.
Significantly, Holder tells the Judiciary Committee that he does “not agree that characterizations establishing probable cause for a search warrant for materials from a member of the news media during an ongoing investigation constitute an intent to prosecute that member.” Holder defends the way they handled the leak saying it was “necessary and appropriate.” He also says that “obtaining relevant evidence from a member of the news media is not equivalent to the prosecution of a member of the news media.”
Holder also states that he was in fact the one who approved the government’s “issuance of the subpoena.”
Holder says the warrant was approved as “an investigative step” and said “there was factual basis for the assertions in its application.” He notes that Rosen was not named “as an unindicted co-conspirator.”
Also noteworthy is Holder says approval for the Rosen warrant was May 28, 2010…
That is the first time we have seen that date.