DOJ broadens its defense against charge that Holder lied to House committee

“The Attorney General’s testimony concerning the potential prosecution of a member of the press was accurate and consistent with the facts of the Kim case,” a DOJ spokesperson said Thursday night after Holder met with news media executives to discuss possible changes to laws and policies regarding investigations that relate to the press. “At no time during the leak case involving Stephen Kim, before or after the FBI sought the search warrant, have prosecutors sought approval to bring criminal charges against the reporter.”

“The search warrant application in the Kim matter was focused on obtaining evidence relating to allegations that a government official had leaked highly classified information, which was a threat to our national security. The warrant application was drafted during the investigation phase of the case, which came before any decisions about prosecution. And nearly three years after completing our thorough investigation of the Kim matter, the Department does not anticipate bringing any additional charges,” the spokesperson continued. “During the Attorney General’s tenure, no reporter has ever been prosecuted.”