So many stories to report, so little time. Here’s something that’s been eating at me for awhile now, and someone whose work I respect and admire feels the same way. Richard (RJ) Eskow:
Apparently it never occurred to Attorney General Eric Holder that the Associated Press might be “too big to fail.” If it had,then his Justice Department probably never would have investigated it. [...]
That policy has led to extraordinary prosecutorial passivity in the face of overwhelming evidence. There’s certainly no sign that the Justice Department has ever sought the phone records or emails of America’s top bankers.
Then as I was poking around, I came across this from TPM:
Attorney General Holder at a House Judiciary Committee hearing:
“I am not going to stop talking now… It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It is unacceptable. It is shameful.”
He said that to the very same Darrell Issa who voted against a media shield law only a few years ago. BuzzFeed:
Republicans In Congress Killed A Media Shield Law That Would Have Protected The Associated Press
The defeated bill would have required approval from a federal court before reporters’ phone records were subpoenaed. Darrell Issa, who condemned the AP subpoena Monday voted against it. [...]
Issa didn’t mention that he voted against a measure that would have protected the AP from the DOJ’s subpoena in 2007. Issa was one of 21 House members who opposed the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, a measure that would have forbidden federal investigators from compelling journalists to give evidence without first obtaining a court order. The bill included a section that specifically forbid subpoenaing journalists’ phone records from “communication service providers” to the same extent that the law protected the journalists themselves.
Timing is everything:
The White House asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce reporter shield legislation, White House officials told CNN on Wednesday.
Another day, more Republican hypocrisy to share. Hence my earlier post, More candidates for jail in IRS “scandal?” In 2011 GOP Congressmen demanded the IRS audit AARP.