According to a report by NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the order to issue a warrant on Fox News reporter James Rosen’s communications records. The warrant allowed federal investigators to subpoena Rosen’s private emails as well as to look into his telephone records and those of his family members.
Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target
of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to
secretly seized his private emails after an FBI agent said he had
“asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive
United States internal documents and intelligence information.”
“It was approved at the highest levels– and I mean the highest,” said one anonymous law enforcement official.
“Justice officials have since said they do not intend to criminally
charge Rosen, but media groups have condemned the issuance of the search
warrant itself,” Isikoff writes.
Isikoff says that his requests for comments from the Department of Justice have not been returned.
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In a let…
A top IRS
official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the
5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee
investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division
of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the
improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress,
according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III.
Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but
under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” said
a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). The
letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
Taylor, a criminal defense attorney from the Washington firm Zuckerman Spaeder,
said that the Department of Justice has launched a criminal
investigation, and that the House committee has asked Lerner to explain
why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four
times last year.
Since Lerner won’t answer questions, Taylor asked that she be excused
from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to
embarrass or burden her.” There was no immediate word whether the
committee will grant her request.
According to an inspector general’s report, Lerner found out in June
2011 that some staff in the nonprofits division in Cincinnati had used
terms such as “Tea Party” and “Patriots” to select some applications for additional screening of their political activities. She ordered changes.
But neither Lerner nor anyone else at the IRS told Congress, even
after repeated queries from several committees, including the House
Oversight panel, about whether some groups had been singled out
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