Holder: I can’t remember when I recused myself from the AP investigation, and I know I didn’t do it in writing

posted at 2:41 pm on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Sounds legit.

Twitter is blowing up over this right now. Stand by for updates.

Update: Gabe Malor asks an excellent question:

Did Holder just sort of … “drift away” from this whole mess after his recusal? Remember, this was no ordinary investigation. Yesterday Holder himself called the leak in the AP case one of the most serious, if not the most serious, he’d ever seen. He must have recognized instantly that there was a chance that reporters’ phone records would be subpoenaed to get to the bottom of it, which would be politically explosive for the White House. And yet he never formally notified anyone that he was backing away, huh? At this point, Obama should fire him even if he’s telling the truth.

Update: Holder says he had to recuse himself because he was a “fact witness”:

The attorney general recused himself because he was interviewed as a “fact witness” — “a possessor of the information that was ultimately leaked” — meaning that he could theoretically have leaked the information about the thwarted terrorist attack that was the subject of the AP report.

If they were looking at Holder as a potential leaker, the leak must have come from very high up. That jibes with Holder’s rhetoric about the seriousness of the situation; they must be looking at someone at or near the cabinet level, potentially, as the AP’s source.

Wouldn’t the AG be a potential “fact witness” in lots of leak cases, though, given the sensitive info he’s privy to? Why recuse himself in this particular case?

Update: Dave Weigel points to this DOJ press release last summer in which Holder announced he was assigning attorneys to lead the leak investigation. That would have been the moment to announce his recusal, but there’s nothing in there about that.

Obvious question: Did he refuse to recuse himself publicly from an explosive national-security investigation because that would have made for particularly bad headlines five months before the election?

Update: More good news from CNS: Holder’s not 100 percent sure which deputy AG actually authorized the AP subpoenas. Simply amazing.

Update: C’mon.


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Marino brings up timing of charges in the Boston bombing

Who made that decision?

SCOTUS says we have 48 hours to bring charges while at the same time using the public safety exception – Holder

There was a rush to file the charges?

The charges were filed 46 hours after capture – Holder

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Holder runs the DOJ like a criminal enterprise, with no accountability, no formal chain of command, no formal policy controlling decisions, complete deniability, no written records, and no memory of what he said or did.

Socratease on May 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Is there no paper trail of your recusal? – Marino

I’m not sure but we haven’t found anything – Holder

Don’t you think that’s a good idea? – Marino

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

what time is it?

socalcon on May 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Ok I’m not going to live that one down

Oh well

:)

Gotta laugh

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Hey it’t not like you claimed to have a degree from Harvard Law School that you never used because you decided not to be a lawyer after all.

Besides, if anything describes this day of testimony to a T it’s the phrase. “Passing a popcorn bowel.”

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM

And consider you our little brother.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM

You’re a mess.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

GOWDY!!!

BoxHead1 on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Gowdy nails Holder on saying illegals have a civil right to citizenship

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Maybe Republicans can just harass this ahole out of office through endless hearings.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

No. Fast & Furious. People have died.

Holder needs to be indicted.

There are people in this administration who need to be in prison, and the odds are high that Holder is one of them.

This administration has been beyond lawless. Not just in contempt of the law and openly breaking it on their own behalf, but going after American citizens who disagree with them.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Labrador quoted a statute requiring Holder to put recusals in writing with explanations of the recusal.

Farenthold brings up Benghazi

Holder says the days the FBI couldn’t have access to the unsecured crime scene in Benghazi had no effect on the investigation.

Farenthold asks Holder if the DOJ is still in regular contact with Media Matters?

I don’t know understand your question – Holder

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

You’re a mess.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

You’re just now figuring that out?

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Collins (GA) taking Holder to the shed…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

You’re not prepared! – Collins

You’re kidding…You came to this congress today not thinking what questions we might ask? – Collins

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Have you ever put prior recusals in writing – Collins

I’m not sure – Holder

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

You’re not prepared! – Collins

You’re kidding…You came to this congress today not thinking what questions we might ask? – Collins

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

holder got drop kicked.

VegasRick on May 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I’m not treated with respect – Holder

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I’m not treated with respect – Holder

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

More respect than he deserved.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

DeSantis hammers Holder on not informing the president on security breach

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Holder: I think I gave my recusal notice to a low-level staffer. Yeah, that’s it … a low-level staffer.

PackerBronco on May 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Is the IRS an independent agency? – DeSantis

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The idiot Jackson Lee from Houston again

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Holder is an out and out LIAR….so is Obama.
I will have that same dream tonight….Obama and Holder lose their lives in strange accidents.
Couldn’t happen to more deserving scumbags.
III

dirtengineer on May 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Jackson – Lee “I’m a partisan hack, but you all knew that”.

VegasRick on May 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Issa objects to the first request made by Jackson Lee.

The record of his accomplishments…can we add his false statements to congress so the record is complete – Issa

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I say I’m recused therefor I am….and don’t question my credibilty.

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The record of his accomplishments…can we add his false statements to congress so the record is complete – Issa

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Boom.

VegasRick on May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The record of his accomplishments…can we add his false statements to congress so the record is complete – Issa

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Oh, wow. I missed that.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

The incompetent bumbler Holder has a lot of gall criticizing Chairman Issa’s conduct as a member of Congress.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM

LOL

thanks

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Lousy Obama Feds!!

Sherman1864 on May 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

He knows nothing.

Dunedainn on May 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Does Holder wear eyeliner?

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:40 PM

The Sgt. Schultz defense is really being overused lately.

Kissmygrits on May 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

“… my people.” – Eric Holder

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

The 500 meter solution

III/0317

dirtengineer on May 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Holder should be behind bars for the rest of his life.

What a complete DISGRACE

WisCon on May 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Recused?

Pictures or it didn’t happen.

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Didn’t Holder say that he was going to stay on for only a year past the One’s re-election? Why not just resign and perform some bloodletting for Him?

blammm on May 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

What are we paying this guy for?

TimBuk3 on May 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

“No official recusal? You’re responsible”.

“By the way. Where are those Fast and Furious documents? You’re still in contempt of congress.”

TerryW on May 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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