House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte today announced that Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to fully answer the Committee's questions regarding the discrepancy between his sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last month and the Department of Justice's decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. Committee leaders have also agreed to meet with Attorney General Holder on Capitol Hill so that he can further clarify his recent testimony. Chairman Goodlatte's statement is below:
"We have agreed to afford the Attorney General the opportunity to fully answer the original questions we sent him regarding his May 15th testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and to meet with him so he can further clarify the actions of the Justice Department regarding the search warrant they obtained for reporter James Rosen's emails. The American people and Congress deserve answers on this important matter and accountability from Attorney General Holder. We expect to have all our questions answered completely."
Background: Chairman Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner originally wrote to the Attorney General on May 29, 2013 asking him to explain these discrepancies to the Committee by June 5, 2013. However, the Committee never received an on-the-record response from Attorney General Holder himself answering the questions asked. The Committee received a nonresponsive letter from his subordinate, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik. The Committee replied to Kadzik and stated his response was insufficient. Attorney General Holder sent a letter last week but he failed to answer any of the Committee's questions, prompting all Judiciary Committee Republicans to send a letter to Attorney General Holder requesting that he personally clarify his previous testimony.