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Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the controversial warrant application that the Justice Department used to obtain the personal emails of a Fox News reporter.
The warrant, which was obtained after the Justice Department identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a possible criminal co-conspirator for communicating with a source who allegedly supplied him with classified information, allowed investigators to obtain two days’ worth of email correspondence from Rosen’s personal Gmail account.
Holder said previously that he had recused himself from a separate leak investigation that involved reporters for the Associated Press, but did not do so in this case, and personally signed off on the warrant to obtain the reporter’s emails, according to NBC. Holder recused himself in the previous case involving AP, because he said he himself had been questioned by investigators as a witness in that leak investigation.
In light of the controversy over this and another leak investigation that involved the work and personal phone records of reporters at the AP, President Barack Obama said in a recent speech that Holder has agreed to review the Justice Department’s guidelines for handling investigations that involve journalists and journalist records.