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    Re: Watergate Reporter: DOJ Phone Records Scandal a "Nuclear Event"......

    Holder: I Don't Really Know How Many Times We've Secretly Monitored Reporters.....



    During an interview with NPR, Holder said he "isn't sure" how many times the Department of Justice has secretly monitored information belonging to journalists in the past four years, all during which he has been the country's chief law enforcement officer.

    As his Justice Department faces bipartisan outrage for , Attorney Gen. Eric Holder says he is not sure how many times such information has been seized by government investigators in the four years he's led Justice.

    During an interview with NPR's Carrie Johnson on Tuesday, Holder was asked how often his department has obtained such records of journalists' work.

    "I'm not sure how many of those cases ... I have actually signed off on," Holder said. "I take them very seriously. I know that I have refused to sign a few [and] pushed a few back for modifications."

    On Morning Edition, Carrie added that Holder declined to say whether there will be a review of the Justice Department's policy on searches of reporters' records
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    As Ed Morrissey points out, Holder's response indicates that the seizure and monitoring of reporters' communications is a normal thing over at DOJ.

    "Er … he’s refused to sign “a few” but isn’t sure how many he’s approved? Presumably, the few modifications for which he “pushed” resulted in approval eventually. That seems to strongly imply that this is a rather normal course of action at the Department of Justice — and for Holder. And note that Holder isn’t saying that he’s unclear about the operations within his executive purview, as Carney tried yesterday on Obama’s behalf — he’s unclear on how many times he himself has approved those seizures.".....snip~

    Holder: I Don't Really Know How Many Times We've Secretly Monitored Reporters - Katie Pavlich

    Holder getting ready to testify 1pm EST.....maybe they can narrow it down to how many times he actually has done this.

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    Re: Watergate Reporter: DOJ Phone Records Scandal a "Nuclear Event"......

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    Your Numbers do not add up!
    Treasury Bulletin numbers show the Executive Branch costs $405 million per year.
    Assuming anyone working in the Executive Branch makes at least $80 K per year,
    They have to have less than 5,062 people.
    The Executive Branch includes all the Departments represented on the President's Cabinet. That includes DoD.

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    Re: Watergate Reporter: DOJ Phone Records Scandal a "Nuclear Event"......

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    The Executive Branch includes all the Departments represented on the President's Cabinet. That includes DoD.
    Ok. it could be viewed that way, but I think by the time you get more than three levels down from the
    President's cabinet, the functional bureaucrats don't make these kind of decisions on their own.
    They know who signs their checks, and initiative is NOT considered a positive attribute.

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