Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, and he didn’t know, wasn’t sure of, or simply couldn’t remember a lot of information.
Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. nicknamed lately Eric “The Withholder” Holder, is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Eric Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. He also became the only cabinet member in US history to be held in contempt of Congress when he testified during the Fast and Furious investigation.
“This was a very serious leak—a very very serious leak,” Holder said Tuesday. “I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976 and I have to say that this is among, if not the, most serious. It put the American people at risk, and that is not hyperbole.”
— US Attorney General Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered an investigation into the AP scandal involving government intrusion into journalists’ phone records by directing the Justice Department and FBI to coordinate the investigation. However, he recused himself from the Justice Department’s probe into national security leaks “early on in the investigation.”
Attorney General Holder appointed two federal prosecutors in June 2012 to investigate suspected leaks of classified information after receiving sharp criticism from Republicans. The leaked information, revealed by journalists included reports of American cyber warfare against Iran and of a double agent who infiltrated a militant group in Yemen.
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