Attorney General Eric Holder OK’d Search Warrant for Fox News reporter’s Private Emails … Obama Instructs Holder to Investigate Holder
MEDIA-GATE … MORE FROM THE MOST TRANSPARANT ADMINISTRATION EVER.
And the scandals and lies keep coming from the Barack Obama administration. As reported at NBC, Attorney General Eric signed off on the search warrants to investigate FOX News James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act. But wasn’t it President Barack Obama who said that kind of thing didn’t happen in his administration and he was for a “Free Press”? Barack Obama said, “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” REALLY? How can Obama say he is against the targeting of journalists and have top ranking officials in his department doing just that? Obama claims there will be an investigation into these issues so that they never happen again. WHAT? As stated at Powerline, “Whenever he has addressed the issue, he has cited his own support for a media shield law as if that were somehow exculpatory.” The overreach of seizing media records from the AP and Fox News, of course this is only what we know of at this point, was done and approved by Obama’s DOJ. Let me guess, Obama didn’t know about this either. Is Obama the President? How come he can’t just say to individuals in his own administration to stop the nonsense? I thought Obama was supposed to be the smarted president ever? Guess not.
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.
“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”
The Gateway Pundit adds, Holder Lied to Congress On His Role in Investigating News Reporters. Watch the VIDEO. The Obama administration has no shame. They really believe that no one is going to hold them accountable for their actions. It’s up to you America, are you?
This is what Holder told Congress:
“First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.“
But wait don’t worry, the Lonely Conservative opines, “Oh, but not to worry. President Obama has instructed Holder to investigate himself, so I’m sure nothing like this will ever happen again.” Yes, sarcasm is included! At this point we might as well have an independent investigator looking at every aspect of the Chicago style politics of Barack Obama. Every thing they have done has been questionable, meant to intimidate and against the Constitution. What a joke the Obama administration has become and sadly. ultimately the joke is on “We the People” and the “US Constitution”.
Exactly how is Eric Holder not asked to resign?
All this as we head into Memorial Day where we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight against tyranny and uphold the United States if America and the US Constitution.
Good Grief, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) Tells Hugh Hewitt that Obama/Holder DOJ Also Recorded Phone Records of The House Of Representatives Cloak Room
If the following is true regarding the AP telephone record reporting scandal just got huge.
As Hot Air asks, “Would you believe that the [Obama] Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives? Those were the comments and revelations made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee while being interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt’s Show Wednesday night. That is correct, Congressman Nunes said that the DOJ’s recording of AP telephone calls also included the House of Representative Cloak Room. Unbelievable, no separations of powers issue here, now is there?
America, are you starting to see a pattern of behavior by the Obama administration and a lack of caring of the US Constitution … First Amendment rights issues in IRS-gate of intimidating Americans, Freedom of Press issues with AP scandal, separation of powers issue with AP and flat out lying to “We the People” on Benghazi. And Barack Obama would have us believe, HE KNEW NOTHING.
Transcript from the Hugh Hewitt Show:
HH: The idea that this might be a Geithner-Axelrod plan, and by that, the sort of intimation, Henry II style, will no one rid me of this turbulent priest, will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Parties, that might have just been a hint, a shift of an eyebrow, a change in the tone of voice. That’s going to take a long time to get to. I don’t trust the Department of Justice on this. Do you, Congressman Nunes?
DN: No, I absolutely do not, especially after this wiretapping incident, essentially, of the House of Representative. I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where I’m sitting right now, the Cloak Room.
HH: Wait a minute, this is news to me.
DN: The Cloak Room in the House of Representatives.
HH: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
DN: So when they went after the AP reporters, right? Went after all of their phone records, they went after the phone records, including right up here in the House Gallery, right up from where I’m sitting right now. So you have a real separation of powers issue that did this really rise to the level that you would have to get phone records that would, that would most likely include members of Congress, because as you know…
DN: … members of Congress talk to the press all the time.
HH: I did not know that, and that is a stunner.
DN: Now that is a separation of powers issue here, Hugh.
DN: And it’s a freedom of press issue. And now you’ve got the IRS going after people. So these things are starting to cascade one upon the other, and you have the White House pretending like they’re in the clouds like it’s not their issue somehow.
UPDATE I: As Powerline states … THIS JUST GOT REAL.
I’ve been skeptical if not dismissive of all the loose talk that the multiple scandals piling up around Obama would be sufficient to bring about his impeachment–until this afternoon. Let’s remember that impeachment didn’t work out too well with Clinton, and the evidence of his bad behavior was a lot more direct than it is (so far) with Obama. In the case of Nixon, it will be recalled, it required a tape recording of his collaborating in the obstruction of justice to bring about the tipping point that doomed his presidency. But for that tape, he might have been able to tough it out as Clinton did.
Good grief, another Obama administration scandal, AP-GATE – Talk about irony, the AP finds itself reporting on itself …
Richard Nixon Barack Obama Administration secretly Obtains AP Phone records.
MORE CHICAGO-STYLE POLITICS … From the AP comes the following, the Obama administration’s Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of the Associated Press for two month. The Justice Department seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists from its offices in New York, Washington, DC and Hartford, Connecticut in April and May of 2012. Hmm, right in the midst of a presidential election. The AP is calling it a ”massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news. Once again the Obama administration is sounding a bit “Nixonian”. The MSM has been a lapdog for Barack Obama in the not covering and holding this president’s feet to the fire, now the shoe is on the other foot and they are being abused by this paranoid White House. The Justice Department has a lot of explaining to do as to why this is not to be interpreted as government intimidation. Which is beginning to become a daily patters of Obama administration scandals. First we hear that the IRS is operating against Conservatives and political enemies of Obama and now the Justice Department is secretly tapping the AP, all during the run up and during a presidential election. Can you say Barack “Nixon” Obama.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
In a phrase, It’s an Obama world, and now the MSM knows what it feels like to be a Conservative in America and on the Obama enemies list. The AP and other media outlets are livid as they called the Justice Department’s seizing of AP phone records over a two month period “chilling” and a “dragnet to intimidate the media.” Gary Pruitt, the president and CEO of the AP sent a scathing letter in response to the revelations. Calling it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” that is “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights.”
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.
Journalists and the MSM were already starting to turn on the Obama administration and now they learn about this intrusion into “Freedom of the Press” as the Politico pens, Journalists fume over DOJ raid on AP. If Obama loses the very people who have been complicit in not informing the American people as to the complete failure of this president, he will be destroyed. Sorry, but there is no way that Attorney General Eric Holder did not have to sign off on this for approval.
What is stunning is the breadth of the seizure!” Van Susteren said. “If you read the AP President’s letter to DOJ, and if his letter is accurate, the seizure was very broad: 2 months of telephone records involving many who work at AP! 20 phone lines, home and cell? NY, DC, Connecticut employees? That doesn’t sound like a criminal investigation, that sounds like a dragnet to intimidate the media. The US Attorney’s issued statement about the secret seizure was blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t say anything. The DOJ better be following the law and the Constitution.”
This should be chilling for all Americans no matter what your party affiliation is, an incumbent US President’s DOJ going after his opponents top campaign donor. No abuse of power or revenge politics here.
President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice is going after Mitt Romney’s top campaign donor Sheldon Adelson. Frightening, simply frightening. The same DOJ that would not go after the New Black Panther Party for obvious voter intimidation sees fit to go after an opponents donor. Who else is on Obama’s enemies list and can you imagine what Obama and his henchman will do if reelected for another 4 years.
And this peons think I am a nice guy, boy do I have them fooled …
The Justice Department is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands Corp., owned by high-profile Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, broke federal law by failing to report millions of dollars of potentially laundered money transferred to its casinos by two high-rolling Las Vegas gamblers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles is investigating deposits made in the mid-2000s by a Mexican pharmaceutical businessman, later indicted for drug trafficking in 2007, and a California executive with Fry’s Electronics, who later pleaded guilty to taking illegal kickbacks, the newspaper said, citing lawyers and federal officials working on the case.
As stated at Weasel Zippers this is a chilling abuse of power, yet the MSM is as silent as a church mouse. Imagine, just imagine if GWB had done this when seeking reelection?