May 23, 2013
ERIC HOLDER SIGNED OFF ON JAMES ROSEN SEARCH WARRANT, OFFICIAL SAYS
Via NBCNews, Michael Issikoff reporting:
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
Oh it gets slightly better: Today Barack Obama announced that Eric Holder had agreed to "review" the procedures employed in subpoenaing journalists' phone logs and emails.
In other words: It sounds an awful lot like Obama has appointed Holder to investigate himself.
[Update - JohnE.] That part of Obama's speech:
Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the law. That is why I have called on Congress to pass a media shield law to guard against government over-reach. I have raised these issues with the Attorney General, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the Attorney General to report back to me by July 12th.
I'm sure that'll clear everything up.