Holder vows review of DOJ's seizure of journalists' records

Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHouse easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump On Trump and DOJ, both liberals and conservatives are missing the point Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests MORE vowed on Wednesday to conduct a review of the Justice Department’s (DOJ) decision to secretly subpoena phone records from the Associated Press once the investigation is complete.

Under questioning from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Holder said that, given the attention and concern that’s been caused by the subpoenas, he would be willing to conduct an after-action review of the DOJ’s handling of the case.

Republicans wasted no time launching into Holder at the House Judiciary Committee hearing.

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But Holder repeatedly told Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — How long can a Trump-DOJ accord survive? Key House chairman floats changes to immigration bill This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure MORE (R-Va.) that he has recused himself from the national security leaks case and did not know any of the details surrounding it.

Goodlatte pressed Holder on why the scope of the subpoena of the phone records of more than 20 AP employees had been designed to be so broad and whether the DOJ attempted to negotiate with the AP before secretly subpoenaing the phone records.

“I don’t have any interaction with the people involved in the case,” Holder said.


Holder rebuffed calls earlier this week from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for him to resign, repeating his lack of involvement with the case.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel’s ranking member, called questions about the AP records “fair” in his opening remarks, and said he plans to re-introduce the Free Flow of Information Act, a measure that would establish a uniform standard for media shield laws.

The White House on Wednesday asked Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer: Trump should take Kim Jong Un off 'trip coin' Overnight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' Free traders applaud Trump as China tariff threat recedes MORE (D-N.Y.) to reintroduce a media shield law amid criticism of the subpoena of Associated Press phone records.

Schumer’s bill would allow media organizations to challenge subpoenas of phone records and offer legal protections for protecting confidential sources.

--This report was originally published at 1:53 p.m. and last updated at 2:36 p.m.