Attorney General Eric Holder is in the midst of perhaps the most serious challenge of his career over his department’s investigation of government leaks to journalists.
The battle-scarred head of the Justice Department (DOJ) weathered a House vote placing him in contempt of Congress in President Obama’s first term, but is now facing mounting criticism from figures in both parties as well as scornful scrutiny from the media.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are investigating whether he lied to the panel under oath, while David Axelrod — Obama’s former chief political strategist — this week called Justice’s investigation of a Fox News reporter “disturbing.” Liberal pundit Bill Press said Holder should resign.
White House press secretary Jay Carney was peppered with several questions Wednesday about Holder and responded that Obama has “confidence” in the attorney general. Obama believes Holder is “doing a good job,” Carney said.
Holder has taken several actions to move through the storm.
He has hired Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) veteran communications director, Brian Fallon, as his chief spokesman and has initiated a series of in-person conversations with the D.C. bureau chiefs of major news outlets. At Obama’s request, he is reviewing the DOJ’s process for targeting journalists during its investigations of leaks to the media.
Read More at The Hill . By Jordy Yager.
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