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Letter to Peter Kadzik, Principle Deputy Assistant General - Answers from Holder

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Location: Washington, DC

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, joined by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), sent a letter today to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik in response to the letter they received from him yesterday.

On May 29, Chairman Goodlatte wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking answers to the discrepancies between his sworn congressional testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and his decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. To date, the Committee has not received an on-the-record response from Attorney General Holder.

Below is the text of the letter. To read the signed letter, click here.

"Dear Mr. Kadzik,

"We received yesterday a letter from you that you claim responds to our May 29th letter to the Attorney General. It does not. The Attorney General made on-the-record statements before the Judiciary Committee and the American people under oath that prompted our letter. Congress and the American people deserve to have the Attorney General respond to the Committee on the record. A letter from a subordinate that fails to answer many of our questions does not suffice.

"We, along with other members of Congress, have been invited to an off-the-record meeting at the Justice Department with Attorney General Holder. The email inviting us to this meeting says it "is one of a series of meetings with media and other organizations that the Attorney General is conducting as part of the policy review directed by the President." We support the policy review that the Department has initiated at the President's behest. But, as with your letter, an off-the-record policy review meeting with the Attorney General is not a substitute for an on-the-record response to our letter.

"We expect the Attorney General to respond fully, in writing, to our letter by close of business on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. We look forward to his response."


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