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Schumer: 'The president has confidence in Holder and I believe he's going to stay'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 3rd, 2013
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"I haven't seen anything that would prevent him from continuing to do his job," Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem - N.Y.), the third-ranking senator in the Democratic leadership told NBC's David Gregory. "The president has confidence in Holder and I believe he's going to stay," Schumer said. His appearance on "Meet the Press" discussed the current controversy surrounding the Justice Department. He was on hand to detail provisions of his legislation that would offer greater protections to the press.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Following the controversy of the Justice Department subpoena of Associated Press phone records and an investigation of leaks to Fox News correspondent James Rosen, Schumer voiced his confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder.

In regards to the Rosen case, Schumer said, "I don't think there's perjury" in what Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last month when the attorney general said that he doubted it would "wise policy" to prosecute news media organizations for publishing classified information in the national security leaks case.

Holder also said in that testimony that "the focus should be on those people who break their oaths and put the American people at risk, not reporters who gather this information."

In Holder's defense, Schumer pointed out that there has been no attempted prosecution of Rosen and any other journalist.

Some Republican lawmakers have asked whether Holder misled the House committee, because Rosen had been named a co-conspirator in an investigation of State Department leaks.

Commenting on "Meet the Press" House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers said, "I think that dragnet they threw out over those AP reporters was more than an over-reach-and it really is not very good investigative work," adding that a good investigation would have narrowed the list of targeted reporters, the Michigan Republican said.

A former FBI agent, Rogers also stressed that "these leaks are serious and for those folks (in the executive branch) who are leaking information that may lead to the death of sources, or of people who are cooperating with the United States, or men and women  who serving in combat -there should be consequences for that."

Rogers said "this pattern of deception administration-wide is starting to become concerning," referring to the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups, the administration's explanation of the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi last year, and the AP probe, Rogers said the administration risked losing Americans' trust in their government.

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