House Judiciary to Get Answers from Holder on Recent Testimony For Immediate Release June 14, 2013 Contact: Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins, (202) 225-3951 House Judiciary to Get Answers from Holder on Recent Testimony Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) today announced that Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to fully answer the Committee’s questions regarding the discrepancy between his sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last month and the Department of Justice’s decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. Committee leaders have also agreed to meet with Attorney General Holder on Capitol Hill so that he can further clarify his recent testimony. Chairman Goodlatte: “We have agreed to afford the Attorney General the opportunity to fully answer the original questions we sent him regarding his May 15th testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and to meet with him so he can further clarify the actions of the Justice Department regarding the search warrant they obtained for reporter James Rosen’s emails. The American people and Congress deserve answers on this important matter and accountability from Attorney General Holder. We expect to have all our questions answered completely.” Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner: “In the past, Holder has refused to hold himself accountable. I hope he uses this as an opportunity to do so. After learning of the Rosen warrant, it was clear his testimony deserved further scrutiny. Hopefully, Holder is forthright so we can put an end to the questions surrounding his seemingly misleading statements. While I am still not convinced Americans’ trust in the Justice Department can be restored under this Attorney General, I look forward to listening to his answers.” Background: Chairman Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner originally wrote to the Attorney General on May 29, 2013 asking him to explain these discrepancies to the Committee by June 5, 2013. However, the Committee never received an on-the-record response from Attorney General Holder himself answering the questions asked. The Committee received a nonresponsive letter from his subordinate, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik. The Committee replied to Kadzik and stated his response was insufficient. Attorney General Holder sent a letter last week but he failed to answer any of the Committee’s questions, prompting all Judiciary Committee Republicans to send a letter to Attorney General Holder requesting that he personally clarify his previous testimony.
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