Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on May 29th. The letter sought answers to the discrepancies between his sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and his role in obtaining a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen of Fox News. Last night, Attorney General Holder sent his response. Unsatisfied with his response, Judiciary Committee Republicans today sent another letter to Attorney General Holder requesting that he appear before the Committee on June 18, 2013, or some other time before the July 4th recess.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I appreciate the response from the Attorney General.  However, serious questions remain. Why did the Attorney General tell the Committee he had no knowledge of potential prosecutions even though he signed off on the Rosen warrant?  And why were the AP subpoenas and the Rosen warrant from the Department so broad?  I hope the Attorney General will return to the Committee to address these questions on the record.  If he does, and if his responses are satisfactory, we can at least put an end to questions about whether the Attorney General misled Congress.  

“In his response, Holder stated that he’s initiated a review of the Department’s policies related to investigations of the media.  That’s the fox guarding the hen house. Holder refuses to hold himself accountable.  The fundamental question is whether the Department can be trusted to police itself.  I am not convinced the chilling effect this has had on unfettered investigative journalism can be rectified under this Attorney General.”