GOP demands answers from Holder

House Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder provide more information about the administration’s investigations into media leaks.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) dismissed a three-page letter sent to them on Monday from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, saying that it did not address their concerns.

“We received yesterday a letter from you that you claim responds to our May 29th letter to the Attorney General. It does not,” wrote Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner in a letter to Holder.

“A letter from a subordinate that fails to answer many of our questions does not suffice.”

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Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner also said that the off-the-record meeting slated with Holder and other members of Congress for later this month does not satisfy them.  

The meeting is one of several that Holder has begun holding with members of the media, national security organizations and lawmakers in an attempt to revamp the DOJ’s internal protocols for investigating media groups as part of prosecuting government leaks of classified information.

“We support the policy review that the department has initiated at the president’s behest,” said Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner in their letter. “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.”