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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Sensenbrenner: Holder's testimony 'at odds' with media reports

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, along with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking more information about the search of a Fox News reporter's emails, alleging details of the search were "at odds" with Holder's testimony before the committee.

The lawmakers write that although Holder testified he had not been involved in potential prosecutions of members of the press, subsequent media reports found that a Justice Department affidavit showed "probable cause" that Fox chief Washington correspondent James Rosen violated the Espionage Act in a 2009 story containing classified information.

They add that further reports showed the application for a search warrant of the emails was approved "at the highest levels" of DOJ and involved "discussions" with Holder.

"The media reports and statements issued by the Department regarding the search warrants for Mr. Rosen’s emails appear to be at odds with your sworn testimony before the Committee," the letter reads. "We believe -- and we hope you will agree -- it is imperative that the Committee, the Congress, and the American people be provided a full and accurate account of your involvement in and approval of these search warrants."


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