Item 1: Via Jonathan Karl:
President Obama is a little uneasy with the way journalists have been dragged into the Justice Department’s aggressive pursuit of national security leak investigations. In fact, he has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a 45-day review of the department’s guidelines on the issue.
That bit of news was buried in the middle of the president’s hourlong speech today at National Defense University.
“Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs,” President Obama said. “Our focus must be on those who break the law.”
And then the news: “I have raised these issues with the attorney general, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the attorney general to report back to me by July 12th.”
Item 2: Via Politico:
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the search warrant that led to the seizure of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private emails, according to a new report from Michael Isikoff of NBC News.
Question: Can anyone spot the conflict of interest? Governor Palin has it exactly right: Holder must go. The man has zero credibility, and the idea that it’s ethical to task someone — especially this guy — with investigating himself is patently absurd. But, sadly, it’s par for the course in “the most transparent administration evah”.
Update: Our esteemed Attorney General lied under oath last week. Check out Ed Morrisey’s piece here.