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Holder Questioned Over Statements About Investigation of James Rosen

He may have lied about scrutiny of the reporter


Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee met with Attorney General Eric Holder Friday to discuss his testimony to that panel last month in which he said he'd never entertained or even "heard of" the idea of prosecuting a journalist for receiving classified information from a source.

Soon after Holder's testimony, the Washington Post disclosed that the Justice Department sought Fox News correspondent James Rosen 's e-mails by labeling him as a "co-conspirator" with "potential criminal liability" for soliciting classified information from State Department contractor Stephen Kim. Kim was eventually indicted; Rosen was not.

In a joint statement Friday, committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and ranking subcommittee member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said they met with Holder "to discuss his sworn congressional testimony and the search warrant for James Rosen's emails.