Congressional pressure continues to pile on Attorney General Eric Holder to come clean regarding the Associated Press phone-gate scandal, which occurred under Holder’s Deputy Attorney General Cole.
Florida Congressman Trey Radel, along with other members of the U.S. Congress, has sent a letter to Holder requesting that he appoint a “Special Counsel to investigate whether the Justice Department violated the First Amendment to the U.S during their monitoring of the Associated Press.”
But Radel and the other House members do not stop with just one request. The group also requested that Holder divulge, who supervised the monitored AP phone lines, as well asking him if he personally reviewed the Justice Department’s subpoenas of the AP.
Remember, the Attorney General of the United States is “required to approve all subpoenas of records of news organizations.”
Here is what the letter asked of Holder-
1. Who within the Justice Department approved, was aware of and supervised the monitoring of the Associated Press phone lines?
2. If you are required to approve all subpoenas of records of news organizations, did you review the Justice Department’s subpoena of the Associated Press phone lines? If not, why?
3. Has a monitoring of this scope and breadth occurred previously at the Justice Department, and if so, what news organizations or reporters were monitored and why?
4. How will those responsible be held accountable for their actions?
The letter then blasted Holder accusing him of having “little respect for the rule of law.”
As the top law enforcement branch in the land, we understand you are obligated to investigate national security leaks; however, that does not give your Department carte blanche to launch an unprecedented probe. It has become obvious that once again, the Justice Department has little respect for the very rule of law they are tasked with enforcing.