Brit Hume: Putting Holder in charge of probing media warrants a “howling conflict of interest,” blasts Juan Williams’ defense

posted at 2:31 pm on May 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Via NRO, here’s one of the few questions we’ll get today on the Sunday talk shows about any of the scandals erupting in Washington DC, and Fox gets its money’s worth from Brit Hume.  Hume laughed at the promise from Barack Obama last week to have Attorney General Eric Holder investigate the abuse of power at Justice, especially after the DoJ admitted that Holder signed off on the snooping performed on Fox reporter James Rosen:

On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume called attorney general Eric Holder’s potential investigation into Holder’s own actions a “howling conflict of interest.”

The affidavit against Fox News reporter James Rosen signed by Eric Holder, which explicitly treats Rosen “as a criminal,” “does not square with what Holder told Congress.”

“It’s going to be argued by a lot of people that he [Holder] was lying. At a minimum it’s another example of his being untrustworthy, and I would say also bumbling.”

When Juan Williams tried to defend Eric Holder and blame Republicans, Hume let him have it:

’Williams tried to argue that Eric Holder was not responsible for the investigation that Rosen was a “criminal co-conspirator,” despite signing off on the affidavit. Williams

“You’re saying he [Holder] is not ultimately responsible as the head man of the Justice Department?” asked Hume.

Williams responded that Holder was simply trusting the work of his underlings and that he “is the exact right person” to conduct an investigation to see how prosecutors came to their conclusions about Rosen.

“Wasn’t he supposed to see all that before he signed off on the affidavit?” asked Hume incredulously.

“You can’t see everything!” retorted Williams.

Does anyone think that the scandal will remain limited to the AP and Rosen?  The New York Times thinks that something similar happened to one of its reporters, although the DoJ fell short of filing court documents identifying him as a suspect in espionage:

In a separate case last year, F.B.I. agents asked the White House, the Defense Department and intelligence agencies for phone and e-mail logs showing exchanges with a New York Times reporter writing about computer attacks on Iran. Agents grilled officials about their contacts with him, two people familiar with the investigation said.

And agents tracing the leak of a highly classified C.I.A. report on North Korea to a Fox News reporter pulled electronic archives showing which officials had gained access to the report and had contact with the reporter on the day of the leak.

The emerging details of these and other cases show just how wide a net the Obama administration has cast in its investigations into disclosures of government secrets, querying hundreds of officials across the federal government and even some of their foreign counterparts.

This isn’t quite the same thing, however, as the Times acknowledges.  Although the search revolved around communications with one of their reporters — David Sanger — the records they searched belonged to government agencies, where they were looking for leakers, and not the Times or Sanger.  Connor Simpson at The Atlantic wonders why they bothered at all, considering the nature of the Stuxnet story:

The intense investigation into Sanger is a little confusing. There were discussions when the story came out about how it seemed the White House may have leaked the story. Or, at the very least, they liked it. It showed the President taking action against Iran during election season. Sanger told Gawker’s John Cook the White didn’t protest the story being released. The White House didn’t actually leak the story, Sanger said, but they didn’t fight him about it either. The investigation into the Stuxnet leak was announced the same day as the AP investigation.

The Times complains that the aggressive investigations are drying up their sources:

Some officials are now declining to take calls from certain reporters, concerned that any contact may lead to investigation. Some complain of being taken from their offices to endure uncomfortable questioning. And the government officials typically must pay for lawyers themselves, unlike reporters for large news organizations whose companies provide legal representation.

Intimidating potential whistleblowers may have been the point of the Sanger investigation.  The point of the Rosen and AP probes was to intimidate reporters and news organizations. We’ll see if Holder and the DoJ succeed at the latter.

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And the NYT breezed right past this sentence in their article, apparently without noticing the Constitutional implications. The paper of Stupid. Egad, how they have fallen.

ss396 on May 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Has the NYT always been this liberal/leftist…or has it been a gradual progression?

I ask because I’ve never been a fan of theirs or read the paper regularly. I just do their crossword puzzles.

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Powell/Williams — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

We are actually fine with Hillary/any lib-2016. That said, how about E.W. Jackson/Sheriff Joe for your side? You get to kill two birds with one stone.

HotAirLib on May 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

HotAirLib on May 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

So…another racist (by association) steps up to defend the first racist.

Ah, well..all leftoid drones are racists.

HAL, why don’t you just shut up and sing Daisy for all the nice people. Maybe you can do that without being a fool.

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

HotAirLib on May 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Weren’t you democRATS the ones who called Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd the “conscience of the senate”?

I guess it’s too bad you can’t run him for preezy, isn’t it?

However, you have plenty of current party members who share his sentiments.

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

HotAirLib on May 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Well, I see the night shift is here.

Barred on May 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Sometimes I feel bad for Juan Williams, I don’t think he believes what he is saying but as the loyal opposition he’s got to come up with something. Very weak.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I know what you mean. I sometimes feel the same way about JW…but then, I remember that he’s a leftist by choice and figure he deserves whatever anguish it causes him.

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

My opinion of him can’t get past that he was one of Tony Snow’s best friends and he has said his son is a Republican. I’m not sure if he is a leftist based on ideology or pay check. He may be a leftist through and through but sometimes his support of Obama rings hollow to me.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

You can always count on Juan to be the Gunga Din for his tribe.

He’s as dishonest as they come on this one.

Twana on May 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Come on Juan,
Are you stuck on stupid?
I usually respect what you say, but this is over the line and YOU know it!

mmcnamer1 on May 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Has the NYT always been this liberal/leftist…or has it been a gradual progression?

I ask because I’ve never been a fan of theirs or read the paper regularly. I just do their crossword puzzles.

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

It’s always been. They’ve been a communist paper forever. Just ask Walter Duranty and his award winning coverup of Stalin’s massacres of Russians. Duranty and the Times, like now, just claimed there was nothing to see and it was just a “red scare.”

njrob on May 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Sometimes i feel Juan Williams is just saying what he’s saying just because he is supposed to bring a liberal viewpoint. Because anyone sane wouldn’t say what he’s saying. He’s not that dumb, I think….

vpaddy123 on May 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Come on, Juan!

mikeyboss on May 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Good ole Obama malAdministration:

In for a penny in for a pound.

I’ll give that to the dirtbags.

Sherman1864 on May 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

You know, I really do like Juan… I think he’s a kind and decent person, and I’m generally willing to allow his usual nonsense to infiltrate the airwaves in my tv room, but sometimes I just think even he can’t believe the crap coming out of his mouth — this is one of those times.

dpduq on May 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I’m thinking they might go ahead and charge Rosen. That is how they really want to roll.

It’s simply Obamalogical after all.

Sherman1864 on May 27, 2013 at 1:39 AM

vpaddy123 on May 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

ditto

Cindy Munford on May 27, 2013 at 2:48 AM

I guess it’s too bad you can’t run him for preezy, isn’t it?

Solaratov on May 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

He can still vote in the Democrat primaries though.

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2013 at 6:44 AM

No. Sorry. No sympathy for Juan. A liar is a liar. Period.

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2013 at 6:45 AM

There is a really great 6 mile long straight stretch on FM 14 south of town. And, last Thursday, I might have gotten just a little bit unwound on it.

I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know that I will be investigating myself for this incident.

I’ll get back to later about it.

trigon on May 27, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Juan plays the role of troll on Fox News.
Stupid stuff like Juan said there obviously had its intended effected.
It gins up viewer interest and ratings.

justltl on May 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Brian Terry is dead, killed by a gun run by Holder etal via their illegla gun running into Mexico with Brian’s and our tax money.

Holder, others in the DOJ, the FBI, the ATF, the DEA, the Border Patrol and Hopeless Security Dept know the how, when, where, and who of it all.

Holder wants to be our re-education camp comander and chief.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 27, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I’m not that cynical, I think Juan would accuse the GOP of “causing” Obama to commit axe murder if he had done it on tape.. then smugly assert he had EVERY RIGHT to pardon.. himself.

That is how democrats role.. no crime too outrageous to excuse or blame on somebody else..

He’s a textbook example of why the GOP gets kicked in the face on reaching out to black voters.. He can convince himself of absolutely any absurdity, as long as it benefits Obama… How can you ever get past a clannish skin color loyalty so absolute, it never see’s anything wrong, ever, under any circumstance, even if Obama confessed to planning everything Juan would STILL excuse it.

Since the 60′s the democrats bought off the black leadership, without Dr. King, there was no restraining voice on the lower level toads like Jackson from grabbing the mike and screaming racism every time the GOP spoke, all our history of supporting equal rights, equal protections meant nothing,…

because that idiot Jackson waving a shirt with Dr. King’s blood on it, blamed it all on us.. You can’t even get most black voters to acknowledge the man who shot Dr. King was a registered long time democrat.

Their cognitive dissonance runs so deep, they deny history, reality, and by paying off the right people, and playing to the greed and fears of others, they end up with..

Juan..

with black celebrities and politicians acting as field overseers, beating those who don’t conform, like Dr. Carson, as uncle Tom’s.

It’s filthy, it’s vile.. and it’s become a crime.

When you have supposedly intelligent people, making such mindlessly stupid excuses that they would laugh at coming from a republican… you know that there is a huge indoctrination propaganda effort behind it.

Black voters rewarded the party which voted DOWN the 64 civil rights act..

rewarded the party of Klan democrats like that slimeball Byrd
rewarded the party of Bull Connor
rewarded the party of Jim Crowe
rewarded the party of fat rich millionaires like Wright and Jackson, while their people suffer in poverty..

It’s insane.. mindless… and yet, when democrats snap their fingers and point, black politicians snarl on cue like trained seals.

Dr. Carson is a start.. but we need many more like him, before that haze of fanaticism lifts enough for the black voters to see just who’s been lying to them all these years..

mark81150 on May 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM

That.. and when black families moved to the major cities seeking work, the democrat machines were already in place.. you can work hard and still get nothing like an education worthy of the name, or services, unless you pay off the right people.. still works that way, democrats have so corrupted every urban center, they function as mini fascist states within otherwise bipartisan real states..

I suppose it soothes their ego’s to accept the cover lie.. that it’s all republican racism, since we of course have no impact on the lives of urban voters, having been effectively driven out of the urban areas, virtually at gunpoint in some cases, scapegoating us costs them nothing..

While speaking out against the corrupticRAT party.. costs them their jobs, their careers.. their benefits, their city services.. because nobody in the world comes closer to making your life a Hell on Earth, than an angry democrat city councilman with a grudge and a host of departments to sic on you.

It’s as if the Soviets surrendered, just to then occupy every major US city.

mark81150 on May 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

mark81150 on May 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I’m working on it! Living in a Dem stronghold is not easy but, teaching about history has opened some eyes.
Motto; Never give up, never surrender.

elclynn on May 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Neither Holder or even Obama now “just cant see everything”……well say hey—isnt that a good barometer that the govt is just too big, if the Messiah himself cant even “see everything”……

sbark on May 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Juan must be trying out for another job with NPR or something. If he had made inane remarks like this on NPR, he’d still have his job.

bflat879 on May 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

After further review, it appears to me that Hume missed a classic response to Juan. All Brit needed to say was ….

“What is the point in having someone rubber stamp a rubber stamp review?”

Freddy on May 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Juan Williams and Tamara Holder (heard on Sean Hannity’s radio show) are both Double AA Players called up occasionally to the Big Leagues do battle wits with the All-Stars.

There is a reason they are not in the Majors . . .

BigAlSouth on May 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

elclynn on May 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

God Bless you for that..

You understand the frustration many of us feel, when our history of support counts for nothing, good faith doesn’t matter,.. nothing we say is even listened to, they just roll their eyes at us..

It’s like walking with a friend into court as moral support,..

and after he wins a huge victory..

you see him as you walk back out hugging the attorney who prosecuted him, and giving you the finger.. it makes THAT much sense.. I refuse to believe it’s merely bad faith.. so indoctrination and city machine blackmail are the most likely reasons in the beginning. Now, the youth simply has never been taught the actual history.

mark81150 on May 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I have yet to hear anything intelligent from Williams since he hired onto Fox.

Does his contract say defend the left no matter what? He used to have some flashes of non-stupid before then.

TfromV on May 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Juan is bound and determined to get his job back at NPR;
thus, the constant boot-licking in service of the WH narrative.

Another Drew on May 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

When someone — anyone — signs an affidavit they sign under a statement under penalty of perjury that the matters stated in the affidavit are true and correct.

Williams argues that Holder did not know what was in the affidavit … therefore Holder had no business signing it under penalty of perjury.

Either Holder is fit to carry the responsibilities of his office or he is not. I think his record is clear that he is unfit for the office of Attorney General or any public office. That said, if indeed he does not understand what he is doing when he signs an affidavit then he needs to resign forthwith and go back to first year law school.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

LOL – P.J. O’Rourke must have read that Juan gives the perception that black people are stupid:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/stupid_729235.html?nopager=1

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

redguy on May 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

It’s getting easier to deal with your drug dealer than to deal with government officials.

J_Crater on May 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

LOL – P.J. O’Rourke must have read that Juan gives the perception that black people are stupid:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/stupid_729235.html?nopager=1

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

redguy on May 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

That’s a superb summary statement by P. J. O’Rourke about the Democrat-majority and now including the Obama history, Obama Admin.:

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

Lourdes on May 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

As a ground rule, can our liberal friends tell us once and for all whether leaders are held accountable for the actions of their employees?

If Holder isn’t accountable in this case, then Republican Attorney Generals will have to be held to the same low standard.

hawksruleva on May 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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