Breaking: Holder recuses himself from DOJ investigation of AP phone records; Update: Already recused?

posted at 1:21 pm on May 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

A formal presser is coming at 1:30 ET. It was supposed to start at 1 p.m. but was pushed back for unknown reasons. Hmmmm.

Attorney General Eric Holder is recusing himself from the investigation into leaks made to The Associated Press, Fox News has learned…

The Associated Press reported Monday evening that the Department of Justice had secretly obtained phone records involving as many as 20 reporters and editors in an effort to find out who leaked confidential information to it.

It was not known if Holder authorized or even knew about the investigation.

Fox hears that he’s recusing himself because he already testified about the May 2012 leak of a foiled terror plot in Yemen that allegedly spurred the DOJ investigation into the AP’s phone records. Could it really be true, though, that Holder might not have authorized, or even known about, the investigation? Nope, not according to the DOJ’s manual for U.S. Attorneys:

The DOJ’s U.S. Attorneys’ Manual is quite clear on this point:

“The Attorney General’s authorization is normally required before the issuance of any subpoena to a member of the news media or for the telephone toll records of a member of the news media. However, in those cases where the media member or his or her representative agrees to provide the material sought and that material has been published or broadcast, the United States Attorney or the responsible Assistant Attorney General may authorize issuance of the subpoena, thereafter submitting a report to the Office of Public Affairs detailing the circumstances surrounding the issuance of the subpoena….”

Because this probe was secret, the second condition was not met, meaning that Holder’s approval was necessary.

Jay Carney is speaking at today’s White House briefing as I write this and is apparently sticking to his story from last night that the White House had no idea about the DOJ looking into the AP’s records. That’s even harder to believe than Obama claiming that he didn’t know about the IRS targeting conservative groups until Friday, even though the White House’s legal counsel knew about it weeks ago. Digging around in the media’s phone calls last year, six months before a presidential election, was a potential landmine in Obama’s path to a second term; one would think Holder and his deputies wouldn’t spring something like that as a surprise on POTUS given the game-changing consequences it might have had for his career.

Presser’s coming up. Stand by for updates.

Update: The RNC wants more than just a recusal, needless to say:

“Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution,” said Priebus in a statement.

“Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, the president should ask for his immediate resignation. If President Obama does not, the message will be unmistakable: The President of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press,” he added.

Maybe Obama’s thinking he can get away with keeping Holder if he fires a bunch of people at the IRS instead, which seems a fait accompli.

Update: Former Bush AGs Michael Mukasey and John Ashcroft say investigating national-security leaks is legitimate, but fishing for clues by sifting through phone records from dozens of reporters is … unusual:

“When it comes to national security, I think the government has every right to investigate,” Mukasey said. “People do not have a right to leak confidential government information.”

However, Mukasey noted, they have to do it with a “narrow focus.”

“The AP suggests it was a broader gathering of information that should never have been authorized,” he told Fox News. Mukasey said it would be troubling if it is found that “they [the government] were looking more broadly to discourage people to talk to reporters.”

Mark Corallo, chief spokesman for another Bush attorney general, John Ashcroft, called the secret probe “unprecedented.”

“The normal course of business is very narrow and very tailored to a particular individual’s phone records,” said Corallo, who served for three years as director of public affairs under Ashcroft. “The idea that they would do two months – grab everything – in several bureaus is truly stunning and disgraceful.”

Update: Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow at 1 p.m.: Eric Holder. Can’t wait.

Update: CNN says Holder’s not recusing himself going forward, he had already recused himself when the original decision to subpoena the records was made.

Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press reporters, a source told CNN’s Jessica Yellin on Tuesday. The approval fell to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the source said.

So this is the story? The DOJ undertook a largely unprecedented fishing expedition of reporters’ phone records to find a leak, and neither Obama nor Holder had anything to do with it?

Update: Here’s Holder’s statement:

As the Attorney General testified in June 2012, he was interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” the DOJ official said. “To avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest, the Attorney General recused himself from this matter. Since that time, this investigation has been conducted by the FBI under the direction of the U.S. Attorney and the supervision of the Deputy Attorney General, who has served as the Acting Attorney General overseeing this investigation. The decision to seek media toll records in this investigation was made by the Deputy Attorney General consistent with Department regulations and policies.

I’m confused. Where’s the conflict of interest that would have required Holder to recuse himself from the investigation? What exactly did the FBI interview him about?

He said this too: “Holder says that in his years as an attorney on these matters (since 1976), this leak was the most serious, or among the most serious, in terms of posing a threat to the American people.”


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I’m proud of our policies for the last 4 years

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

“This is appalling, and unacceptable!! Someone should tell Stalin Obama about this!”

–MSM

iurockhead on May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Truman: The Buck Stops Here!

Obama: It’s Not My Fault!

kingsjester on May 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Can somebody do a cover of It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH_StQ6KdW0

It’s a bit raunchy but it would make a great parody song with a bit of rewriting.

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Damn. It doesn’t translate. It was the 3 monkeys of see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Wow going after jay about dang time

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Yeah, CNN’s Jessica was almost Yellin at him!

Del Dolemonte on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

So this is the story? The DOJ undertook a largely unprecedented fishing expedition of reporters’ phone records to find a leak, and neither Obama nor Holder had anything to do with it?

Looks like that bus is going to have drive over alot of bodies.

EA_MAN on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Trampling civil liberties like the bush administration
-libs question

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

So this is the story? The DOJ undertook a largely unprecedented fishing expedition of reporters’ phone records to find a leak, and neither Obama nor Holder had anything to do with it?

You seem skeptical that the people running the gov’t have nothing to do with the decisions being made in it, or even knowledge of them…/

changer1701 on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I love how all these scandals that occurred BEFORE the election are now seeing the light of day.

changer1701 on May 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

But I would have loved it more if the lame stream press would have done their job, and we could just be complaining about the Job President Romney was doing.

kirkill on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Holder now covering his butt on Fox News.

“Why didn’t you try to contact the AP first instead of secretly going after their phone records?

“I can’t answer that question because I recused myself.”

I’m really sick of these scoundrels.

fogw on May 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Seriously. The Obamagang thinks they are still teflon. They will figure it out too late.

txhsmom on May 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Add it all up, and I don’t know what it means, but we’ve got some bad a** perpetrators and they’re here to stay.

Chris of Rights on May 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Nice. :)

ladyingray on May 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

D@mn! I’ve been liveblogging the presser on the wrong thread!

:mad:

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Yeah, CNN’s Jessica was almost Yellin at him!

Del Dolemonte on May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

slow. clap.

can_con on May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if they start blaming Malia and Sasha.

changer1701 on May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Why are all these scandals coming out at the same time? Is there a method behind this madness?

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

he had already recused himself

This just means Bill Clinton was President at the wrong time. If only he had recused himself from “having sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” before he had sex with her he wouldn’t have the legacy he’s got.

TulsAmerican on May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

“At some point you are going to have to eat your peas.”

philoise65 on May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

This is one confusing presser with questions bouncing from AP to Benghazi to AP and back.

Jay’s gonna get pingpong head.

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

D@mn! I’ve been liveblogging the presser on the wrong thread!

:mad:

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Just feign ignorance and then recuse yourself from the other thread. Problem solved!

txhsmom on May 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

No longer Carteresque…now Nixonian.

bopbottle on May 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Holder now covering his butt on Fox News.

“Why didn’t you try to contact the AP first instead of secretly going after their phone records?

“I can’t answer that question because I recused myself.”

I’m really sick of these scoundrels.

fogw on May 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

No way the White House was not told about this.
Carney is lying.

Jabberwock on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

txhsmom

BWAHAHAHAHA

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

These low level staffers are really a bunch of bad asses.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Well at least they don’t worry about decisions being above their pay grades unlike a certain president.

chemman on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sargent Schultz is our president, AG and Ex-SOS. I know nothing… I see nothing…I hear nothing!! Col. Hogan!!

Deano1952 on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Who knew that you could recuse yourself from doing your job?

Or recuse yourself from knowing what was going on with people under you?

Amazing!

The head of DoJ doesn’t have to be accountable for his own people… isn’t that splendiferous?

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Msdnc seems pleased that he recused himself

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

No longer Carteresque…now Nixonian.

bopbottle on May 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Tricky Dick Carteresque?

Deafdog on May 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Should each of the one hundred AP reporters now have legal counsel and sue the DOJ?

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Why are all these scandals coming out at the same time? Is there a method behind this madness?

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

A dam can only hold back so much water.

And throwing the spooks under the bus on Benghazi does not help.

Jabberwock on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Recusal is just more politically palatable than taking the Fifth.

obladioblada on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

we’re gonna need a bigger boat fan…

RedInMD on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Del
Heh

Carney hiding behind investigation
Ouch.no love

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Has anyone asked Benghazi Jay about the Youtube video and how it got into the talking points?

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

D1carter
They won’t touch that question.. gotta keep up the gop side show mantra

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The know nothing administration.

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

1984….anyone?

tomshup on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

So…Will Holder cut a deal to save his worthless A$$…Enquiring Minds want to know…

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

So Holder’s recusal resolves him of all responsibilty for the AP wiretapping?
Should he have been speaking about the AP case at all in a presser concerning another matter?

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

There was no cover up on Benghazi

Lib talking head

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

My head is spinning!!

Too much too much…

I am aghast at everything…

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Just out of curiosity I flipped over to Reggie Madcow on MSLSD to see which of the scandals they would be covering. Neither. Complaining that only 5 “blue” states had passed new gun control laws….sheesh, totally out of touch, as if we didn’t already know that.

kirkill on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

So…Will Holder cut a deal to save his worthless A$$…Enquiring Minds want to know…

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

No. These people spend most of their time with other lawyers figuring out the angles and the things to say to help them avoid prosecution.

When you’re as corrupt as Holder and Obama it’s just what you do.

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Just out of curiosity I flipped over to Reggie Madcow on MSLSD to see which of the scandals they would be covering. Neither. Complaining that only 5 “blue” states had passed new gun control laws….sheesh, totally out of touch, as if we didn’t already know that.

kirkill on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

So you’re the one that doubled their audience size…

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

State Run Media: We are deeply concerned about the AP wiretapping but it is clear that Benghazi is nothing more than Repubs politicizing the death of four Americans.

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Recusal is just more politically palatable than taking the Fifth.

obladioblada on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Good point.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Why are all these scandals coming out at the same time? Is there a method behind this madness?

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Also, The One may be uninterested in actual work, but he is practically OCD on pushing his “agendas”. As such, it’s only reasonable to assume coordination from top level. Which means the various units (IRS, EPA, etc.) are sharing information, both with each other and with “like-minded” (i.e., “progressive”) NGOs.

The trouble with a setup like this is that it violates Franklin’s Law of Subterfuge; Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. The more people involved, the less the security. And the greater the probability that if information comes out from one source, there will be a paper trail leading elsewhere.

Not to mention a large number of people willing to talk to save their own a$$es.

As a rule, progressives are much less clever than they believe themselves to be. They may fancy themselves as supreme plotters, engaged in a brilliant conspiracy and holy crusade to Change The World And Rule It Forever, but in reality they would probably lose a battle of wits with Dr. Evil- who couldn’t even outsmart Austin Powers.

G-d help them if they ever came up against the Underpants Gnomes from South Park.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Notice how Benghazi is suddenly off the radar again, when it was FINALLY starting to gain traction? Hmmm….

Jack_Burton on May 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Hey

What wthe unemployment rate under Nixon?

Conservative4ev on May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

There is no conflict. Holder just doesn’t want his fingerprints on the intimidation effort.

If you think he wasn’t behind this project and calling the shots, you probably think Fast And Furious was a rogue op.

Shorter Holder: “So don’t bother asking me questions about it. Nyaaa, nayaaa!”

novaculus on May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Stay on Benghazi goofy rinos do not be distracted by IRS nonsense, this will lead to nothing but Benghazi is where the real scandal is. Investigate both but don’t let them come up for air.

The media wants the IRS story they know Benghazi is impeachable and will ruin Hilliary’s chances, stay on it

Conservative4ev on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

What does recusal mean? Can he just say that and be held harmless? Any lawyers out there?

Sheesh next time I’m caught doing something, I’ll just recuse myself.

Jabez01 on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Who’s giving the orders here? No one seems to know anything.
They are either incompetent or liars. (Or both.)

LASue on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I bet Obama has the vapors what with all these revelations about rogue underlings. Where does one go to get good minions these day?

Jabez01 on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Can’t you hear it in the White House secret squirrel situation room:

Acorn 1 (Rat-eared Dog Eater): WTF? We had this great plan to plug all the leaks and it is coming apart. Why are there leaks everywhere?

Acorn 2 (Joe Biden): Hey, I am trying to get the Senate to act on gun control and I have this great idea to force the Senate to pass legislation that all guns must shoot chocolate candy. It melts in the barrel and not in your hand.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/14/see-the-handwritten-note-about-guns-joe-biden-sent-a-wis-boy/

Acorn 3 (Holder): Hey I am trying my best to discredit conservatives at every turn but we just can’t contain these leaks.

Acorn 4 (Panetta): There are just way too many balls to be juggled and juggling yours is taking all my time.

Acorn 1 (Rat-eared Dog Eater): Well, like it says in that one commercial, “we want more, we want more”. And what do I mean by that? I want these effing leaks plugged once and for all. Do whatever it takes. If more laws need to be broken do it. I won’t be able to get anything passes with all these leaks. And, what is the status of the Homeland Security army?

/

rsherwd65 on May 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

What does recusal mean? Can he just say that and be held harmless? Any lawyers out there?

Sheesh next time I’m caught doing something, I’ll just recuse myself.

Jabez01 on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Comes under the heading, “Wasn’t there, didn’t do it.”

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

The only difference between this week and every other week for the last 4 years is that for once we’re not the only ones paying attention.

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 14, 2013

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/14/finally-the-rest-of-the-world-catches-up/#ixzz2TIG9QVGX

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Who’s giving the orders here? No one seems to know anything.
They are either incompetent or liars. (Or both.)

LASue on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Low Level Civil Servant Employees or something…

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Maybe Obama’s thinking he can get away with keeping Holder if he fires a bunch of people at the IRS instead, which seems a fait accompli.

Maybe we will get some upset people willing to spill their guts on the whole thing. I know I would consider naming names and pointing fingers if I was fired for something I was told to do.

Dr. Frank Enstine on May 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

At what point does “I just found out with you” turn into gross dereliction of duty. WTF is the man actually doing if none of these things are crossing his desk?!?! (don’t say campaigning, it’s too easy).

NickelAndDime on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

More underlings running amok? Is there ANYONE in this administration who actually does their job and supervises their departments?

I say we recuse them from their paychecks.

Lily on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“Hey, I can’t afford another contempt citation, I think I’ll recuse myself”.

Sincerely,
Eric

hillsoftx on May 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Whoa whoa…

Did Holder just throw Obama under the bus?

If Holder recused himself (didn’t sign the subpoena) they’re claiming the AG did… Well… The AG reports directly to Obama and wouldve had to have cleared the subpoena.

My guess is Holder just tried to dodge the issue and setup the AG as the fall guy but its a double tactical blunder- passing the buck to Obama and admitting to dereliction of duty.

Skywise on May 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Good Lord… Secretary of State, EPA, department of Justice, IRA, ATF, immigration… Is there NO executive department under this administration that hasn’t been caught in illegal actions for political gain under this (truthfully) corrupt administration?!

Skywise on May 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I feel sorry for Jay Carney.—- Almost.
To stand there, day after day, and lie with as near a straight face as he can manage, to the Press, the American People and the whole world has got to take a toll on anyone.
Well, maybe the LOTUS could pull it off.
(Liar of the United States)

countrybumpkin on May 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

“This is appalling, and unacceptable!! Someone should tell Stalin Obama about this!”

–MSM

iurockhead on May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

LOL!

Stalin Obama never approved of this! This is the handy work of wreckers within the politburo!”

Punchenko on May 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

So let me get this straight:

1) Obama does not know what his Attorney General is doing – no clue about upcoming potentially extremely politically controvertial (& possibly ‘slightly’ illegal) investigations / cases ‘because it is the Dept of Justice’s job / area of responsibility’…

2A) Holder has recused himself because he says HE had nothing to do with the wire tapping of the AP’s staff – he, according to him, didn’t even know any of this was happening IN HIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT…

2B)…BUT Holder did say that he has no problem with it because the leak they were supposedly investigating was the most damaging Holder had ever seen in his career….but ‘wasn’t me, didn’t know about it’…

(2C) Whether by accident or on purpose, Holder – by saying what he did in ’2B’ – pointed out just how high up the classification level of this information that was leaked was, supporting the opinions of several politicians at the time that such high-level info could only be coming out of the White House….)

3) Obama did not know what was going on in Benghazi – did not know there were 2 previous terrorist attacks, did not know Stevens repeatedly requested additional security that was denied, did not receive the full CIA report that was supposedly doctored 12 times before it ever got to him, and knew nothing about available assets during the attack or anything about a stand down order. He does not know what went on on 9/11/12 because he was ‘out of pocket’ – did not know about Benghazi, did not know 20 Embassies throughout the Middle east was attacked on 9/11/12…It was his Secrt of State’s job & they never talked about any of it prior…

4) Hillary, Obama’s Secretary of State – whose job all that stuff in ’3′ it is – did not know there were 2 previous terrorist attacks, did not know Stevens repeatedly requested additional security that was denied, did not receive the full CIA report that was supposedly doctored 12 times before it ever got to him, and knew nothing about available assets during the attack or anything about a stand down order. He does not know what went on on 9/11/12 because he was ‘out of pocket’ – did not know about Benghazi, did not know 20 Embassies throughout the Middle east was attacked on 9/11/12…It was her lower-level Stet Dept flunkies’ jobs…& they never shared any of this stuff with her….

5) Obama does not know about anything the IRS was doing, either….

Anyone getting the pattern here? Obama has no clue what is going on as he trusts his hand-picked leaders of these departments to do their jobs (& not tell him anything so he will have ‘plausible deniability’. His department heads have no clue what is going on because they have ‘cut their departments loose’ while attempting to establish the same ‘plausible deniability’…No one is to blame while simultaneously being as dirty as h@ll!

easyt65 on May 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Holder evidently wants to use the Sgt Shultz defense. “I know nothing!”

GarandFan on May 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Who’s giving the orders here? No one seems to know anything. They are either incompetent or liars. (Or both.)-LASue at 2:29 PM

A video compilation of [just] this weeks claims of

“I know nothing”

should prove quite useful during the next election cycle.

heroyalwhyness on May 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Maybe Obama’s thinking he can get away with keeping Holder if he fires a bunch of people at the IRS instead, which seems a fait accompli.

Pro Publica and any other organization that took stolen material from someone in the IRS organization also must be investigated.

If they knowingly accepted stolen information, that’s a crime that must be punished.

If they first provided their contacts at the IRS with a list of targets, that’s a criminal conspiracy with the IRS to steal information and that must be punished.

A Special Prosecutor must be appointed to investigate and prosecute criminal behavior within the IRS and in outside organizations that the IRS may have conspired with.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

That’s O.K.

This is Holder’s next stop.

RWM, you will enjoy this, I believe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ux3-a9RE1Q

ToddPA on May 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

If Obama and his senior people – Holder, Clinton, etc, know nothing about what their departments are doing, take no responsibility for agency actions, don’t bother keeping the President informed, WHAT the sam hill do they do for their paychecks?

It appears that if they’re not lying scum-sucking manipulative political hacks out to destroy the nation they are absolute do -nothings who should be fired for incompetence and for goofing off on the job.

katiejane on May 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

How did Holder delegate the subpoena authority only the AG can perform down to a subordinate? It should not be legal for this exact reason. He delegated down to a lackey so he can claim no knowledge when it goes bad. The subpoena power should only be delegated UP to Holder’s boss upon recusal. Really, what stopped Holder from delegating to the janitor?

tdarrington on May 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

If Obongo were not such a coward he would tell Holder than he can’t recuse himself from this.

Dasher on May 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

How did Holder delegate the subpoena authority only the AG can perform down to a subordinate? It should not be legal for this exact reason. He delegated down to a lackey so he can claim no knowledge when it goes bad. The subpoena power should only be delegated UP to Holder’s boss upon recusal. Really, what stopped Holder from delegating to the janitor?

tdarrington on May 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The liberal media excused Hillary’s lack of knowledge of the TFU in Benghazi by saying that computer-generated memos from the SoS office simply placed Hillary’s signature on those memos.

I expect that Holder can use the same excuse. “That’s my signature but it doesn’t mean that I’ve seen or approved that document.”

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

This scandal is like the perfect storm. I use to wish that W would do more about leaks, the press already hated him so what difference would it have made. At the same time, I love that the media has found out that their god has feet of clay. And probably overreached in the pursuit of “truth”. I see all of this as a win win.

Cindy Munford on May 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Holder “washed his hands” of the incident.

Yep, Eric Holder is the “Pontius Pilate” of the Obama Administration!

DixT on May 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The DoJ also failed to update the Terrorist Screening Center, which runs the no-fly lists

{facepalm}

socalcon on May 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

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