Holder: Golly, I wish Congress would keep me from claiming reporters are spies, or something

posted at 12:01 pm on May 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, it’s not even Eric Holder himself expressing foggy and self-indulgent regret over representing to a federal court that Fox News’ James Rosen was involved in espionage.  The Daily Beast interviewed Holder, but the expressions of regret come from unnamed aides in what is a transparent attempt to shift blame away from the Department of Justice and onto those who demanded more aggressive investigation of leakers within the national-security bureaucracies.

Talk about passive voice. Once again we have the image of a powerful high-ranking executive within the Obama administration only discovering problems when unfolding the morning paper:

DOJ officials, realizing the issue could turn into a press feeding frenzy, went into damage-control mode. Over the weekend they scrambled to prepare their response, including readying a press statement assuring that Justice had no plans to indict Rosen.

But for Attorney General Eric Holder, the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table. Quoting from the affidavit, the story detailed how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him. Then the story, quoting the stark, clinical language of the affidavit, described Rosen as “at the very least … an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the crime. Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by the twin leak probes; but, according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.

Yes, only when his fatuous argument made the Post’s front page did Holder begin to “feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.” Prosecutors often see this phenomenon with defendants who manage to display the same remorse once they’ve been caught.

Note that not once — not once — in this article does the Daily Beast’s Daniel Klaidman report from Holder or his aides that the Attorney General feels remorse for lying to Congress about having no knowledge of accusing reporters of being co-conspirators to espionage, even though Holder himself signed the warrant explicitly making that argument in the Rosen case.  In fact, far from feeling remorse, Holder and his aides tried blaming Congress for forcing Holder to act in such a manner:

As an explanation, if not a justification, Justice officials say that the department’s leadership had come under withering pressure to investigate leaks from both within the intelligence community and Congress. On multiple occasions, Holder fielded calls from the CIA director and other top officials demanding leak investigations. Meanwhile, Congress was also on Holder’s case to staunch the leaks in national-security cases. On December 3, 2009—just a few months before he approved the affidavit in the Fox case—Holder, FBI director Robert Mueller, and director of national intelligence Dennis Blair were hauled before a secret session of the Senate Intelligence Committee to explain why they weren’t punishing more leakers. For its part, the White House never discouraged aggressive probes to find and punish leakers.

Amazingly, they also tried pushing the shield law rather than addressing Holder’s culpability for the warrant or for lying under oath to Congress:

Perhaps the most significant structural flaw in the current system, however, is that the fox is guarding the henhouse. Prosecutors whose main interest is catching and convicting leakers call the shots on how aggressively to pursue reporters as part of their investigations. That is why, Holder believes, there is ultimately no better solution than passing a media-shield law that would place those decisions in the hands of an independent federal judge. But until then, Holder will be the judge—a little more experienced, and perhaps a little wiser.

Er, the Rosen case did go before a judge.  In fact, it went before three federal judges, thanks to the DoJ’s efforts to bypass the first two, which denied Holder’s application for the warrant.  The appellate court overruled the lower courts and approved the warrant based on Holder’s representation of Rosen as a co-conspirator in espionage.  Klaidman doesn’t bother to mention that either, instead proving remarkably accepting of the DoJ’s spin that Holder is a victim of circumstance, few options, and Congressional pressure.

As Brian Faughnan asked, rhetorically:

You’d only see the press this credulous about someone attacking the very core of their industry in a Democratic administration.

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It’s a big f’ing deal.

HiJack on May 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

busted…

we got your back holder
-daily beast

cmsinaz on May 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

But for Attorney General Eric Holder, the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table.

See peasants? Holder sits at his quaint kitchen table reading the paper, he’s just like you, ‘cept for the whole fascist targeting of your friends and neighbors and reporters of course, but that doesn’t matter because he sits at the table reading the paper just like you.

clearbluesky on May 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I guess this puff piece is Daniel Klaidman’s way of making sure Holder never spies on him.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Maybe we should have a real attorney as AG.

pat on May 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Somebody stop me!

Curtiss on May 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Remorse? Holder wouldn’t know remorse if it stood in front of him and shaved off his wimpy mustache.

natasha333 on May 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Holders primary regret is getting caught. Or, at least I think that’s what he saying,

MTF on May 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

But it sure is nice to have the press come back around to propping up this incompetent, arrogant ass.

natasha333 on May 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

But until then, Holder will be the judge—a little more experienced, and perhaps a little wiser.

He’s the Decider, then. Unbelievable.

Curtiss on May 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Another narcissist in an administration packed to the gunwales with narcissists.

When have any of these pukes ever stood up and taken responsibility for anything, they all point fingers.

Bishop on May 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I would guess that when two judges tell you to go pound sand because of 1st amendment concerns, you should do so.

But in Holder’s case, let’s just go trump up espionage charges so a third judge will give you a free pass.

I’m sure he only feels guilty enough for lying about the espionage bit, and for lying to Congress – but not quite guilty enough to resign his post.

Turtle317 on May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Eric ‘I Didn’t Do It’ Holder
and
Barack ‘It Wasn’t Me’ Obama

What a pair.

TimBuk3 on May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Another narcissist in an administration packed to the gunwales with narcissists.

When have any of these pukes ever stood up and taken responsibility for anything, they all point fingers.

Bishop on May 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

And they never know anything….. even when they are signing threatening IRS cover letters or warrants for searches of reporters.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I’m sure he only feels guilty enough for lying about the espionage bit, and for lying to Congress – but not quite guilty enough to resign his post.

Turtle317 on May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

At this point, I don’t think he’s resigning without Obama’s signature on a pardon.

Bitter Clinger on May 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I don’t mind watching him twist in the wind. Now then,…about that Fast and Furious matter…..

a capella on May 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Once again, it is the Department of Just Us.

DAT60A3 on May 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The appellate court overruled the lower courts and approved the warrant based on Holder’s representation of Rosen as a co-conspirator in espionage.

Can Holder spell ‘disbarred’, for lying to a judge?

ProfessorMiao on May 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

No one seems to have the balls to hold these criminal thugs accountable. It’s disgusting.

dogsoldier on May 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Holder acknowledged that there was considerable room for improvement

Yeah, beginning with his resignation.

GarandFan on May 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

A load of crap….. tell it to the judge, son.

ted c on May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yeah nothing stinks like rotten fish heads more than going to the third federal judge to finally get the okay. We have criminals enforcing the nations laws upon the peasants. It must feel great to be a Facist.

D-fusit on May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by the twin leak probes; but, according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.

The thing you have to understand about “aides” speaking to reporters is that they are not just gossipy. They were told by Holder to go out there and say how really really really sorry Holder was after all the judge-shopping and misrepresenting a news reporter as a co-conspirator.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Pushing the shield law is about as cynical as it gets. It’s iconic of this entire regime.

petefrt on May 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Rush talking about this now. Upshot…. Do they really think we are this stupid. Answer- Yes they do.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, beginning with his resignation indictment.

GarandFan on May 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Fixed, hopefully for the sake of justice…

JohnGalt23 on May 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Holder’s regrets on the Fox News case—and how he plans to repair the situation. By Daniel Klaidman.

You’d only see the press this credulous about someone attacking the very core of their industry in a Democratic administration.

If only Comrade Stalin knew he would fix it.

farsighted on May 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Can Holder spell ‘disbarred’, for lying to a judge?

ProfessorMiao on May 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Two words Holder needs to be taught:

1. Disbarment
2. Jail

petefrt on May 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM

…a creeping sense of personal remorse.

Wow.

Imagine how he must feel after killing all those Mexicans in Fast & Furious. By now he must have a growing sense of discomfiture or something.

Akzed on May 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

During the Presidential campaign, Romney was hammered for being part of Bain Capital during his years running the Salt Lake City Olympics. The media and liberals hounded him about documents that he signed in 2002.
Flash forward to Holder and the media doesn’t care if he is still in the position. He is so busy that he signs everything put in front of him without reading it.

djaymick on May 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Judge Lamberth looks bad here too. He knew, or should have known, that two other judges said “no” to Justice. He knew, or should have known, that Justice’s move against Rosen was only a fishing expedition whose primary purpose woukd be to intimidate reporters and whistleblowers. He knew, or should have known, that an allegation of (essentially) spying without any evidence whatsoever was highly unlikely to ever be supportable, would embarrass him for having swallowed a transparent lie and was ultimately going to be made public.

MTF on May 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Remorse? Holder wouldn’t know remorse if it stood in front of him and shaved off his wimpy mustache.

natasha333 on May 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

…a creeping sense of personal remorse.

Wow.

Imagine how he must feel after killing all those Mexicans in Fast & Furious. By now he must have a growing sense of discomfiture or something.

Akzed on May 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The only thing a sociopath ever feels “remorse” about is getting caught.

Holder, in case no one has noticed over the last 20+ years, is a sociopath. Not a narcissist, like The One, please note, in that he lacks the essential sense of godhood.

He compensates for this by a combination of monomania and the ability to act as the aggrieved party whenever caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

In all, he is the perfect “mechanic” for The One. Talleyrand to His Robespierre, or Marat.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

/shrill scream/
What difference, at this point, does it make!
———————————————-
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
― George Orwell, 1984

RedManBlueState on May 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

God damn all the thugs of the land.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Much as I despise Holder this Daniel Klaidman character is even worse.

I can’t believe he’s passing as a reporter. The article reads like an ad company’s press release.

The last paragraph is especially nauseating, especially this:

“But until then, Holder will be the judge—a little more experienced, and perhaps a little wiser.”

wyntre9 on May 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Rush talking about this now. Upshot…. Do they really think we are this stupid. Answer- Yes they do.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Actually, I would say they really don’t care what we think, they tend to operate with impunity. They have the most out of tune public ever, the press in their pocket and the Presidential microphone; so, why should they care?

DDay on May 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The real question is has this man ever told the truth?

ldbgcoleman on May 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

The real question is has this man ever told the truth?

ldbgcoleman on May 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Yes, just once. After the 1994 Assault weapon ban was passed, Holder (as deputy AG under Clinton & Janet Reno) attempted to use its 10-round restriction on detachable magazines for self-loading (i.e., semi-automatic) weapons to ban reproduction lever-action non-self-loading repeating rifles (Navy Arms, Henry, Rossi, Winchester, Marlin, etc.), on the grounds that their magazines could hold up to 14 cartridges.

He was told that the law specifically did not apply to such rifles, because their magazines were non-detachable, and their mechanisms had to be operated by hand. He nevertheles attempted to have such arms (intended for sporting use) seized wherever he could- at ports, or even at factories.

When warned by two Appeals Courts to cease and desist, he refused. Saying “we are going to use this law to capture a whole new category of guns”.

He was finally slapped down by SCOTUS- and refused to comply with their cease and desist order. Only a threat of being held in contempt by SCOTUS finally compelled him to obey the order.

I submit that the statement quoted above was the one and only time in his life that Holder ever told the truth. Ad it was a case in which he was saying, “I’m going to do what I want to, the law be damned”.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

We need to add a new word to the English language: suckophant. For when sycophant just doesn’t say enough…

Kraken on May 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

“Creeping.” Yeah, let’s go with that word.

Athanasius on May 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

…”My People” will protect me!

KOOLAID2 on May 28, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Over the weekend they scrambled to prepare their response, including readying a press statement assuring that Justice had no plans to indict Rosen.

Even if you accept that baloney as the truth, it shows that DOJ lied their patooties off when they asked the judge(s) to approve the warrant, as Ed pointed out the other day.

KS Rex on May 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I think they should send him to prison, then he can find God along with his remorse.

marnes on May 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM