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Jun 3, 2013

White House dismisses new criticism of Attorney General Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday dismissed a new round of criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder over whether he lied under oath and mishandled leak probes that have focused on reporters.

Holder’s credibility has been called into question over allegations from Republicans that he failed to tell the truth in testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of journalist phone records.

May 31, 2013

After news editor boycott, U.S. attorney general loosens rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder loosened his rules for speaking with media editors on Friday during a second day of meetings with them about his Justice Department’s handling of investigations that involve reporters, the editors said.

Representatives from Reuters and ABC News met with Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement officer, and his staff following recent disclosures that federal prosecutors seized records from two other media outlets without advance notice.

May 31, 2013

U.S. can track bulk rifle sales to Mexican gangs : court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal regulation aimed at detecting bulk sales of semi-automatic rifles to Mexican drug gangs was upheld Friday by an U.S. appeals court.

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Obama administration acted within its authority to adopt the 2011 rule, which affects firearms sellers in states bordering Mexico.

May 31, 2013

Media editors say U.S. attorney general to change investigations

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder told media editors on Thursday that he would change the
way the Justice Department handles investigations that involve
reporters and not repeat searches that have raised concerns
about freedom of the press, the editors said.

After a meeting that other media outlets boycotted because
of its secrecy, the editors who did attend said they were
encouraged by officials’ expressions of regret, though one said
the Justice Department still has a long way to go to understand
how journalists work.

May 30, 2013

News organizations split over meeting with U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – Several U.S. news
organizations rejected an offer by Attorney General Eric Holder
to meet and discuss how the Justice Department handles
investigations that involve reporters, saying it would be
inappropriate to talk in secret.

However, representatives of five other media outlets went
ahead with a meeting on Thursday, arriving at the Justice
Department’s headquarters to see Holder after recent disclosures
that federal prosecutors had seized journalists’ records without
warning.

May 30, 2013

Journalists split over meeting with U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several U.S. news organizations spurned an offer by Attorney General Eric Holder to meet and discuss how the Justice Department handles investigations that involve reporters, saying it would be inappropriate to talk in secret.

A number of other media organizations said they would attend a series of meetings starting Thursday that Holder scheduled following disclosures that his prosecutors seized journalist records without warning.

May 29, 2013

House Republicans assail Eric Holder on leak testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican lawmakers asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to clarify testimony he gave Congress this month about his role in the targeting of journalists in a leak probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and colleague James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent a letter to Holder saying recent media reports “appear to be at odds with your sworn testimony.”

May 29, 2013

Republicans challenge U.S. attorney general on leak testimony

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – Two Republican lawmakers
asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to clarify
testimony he gave Congress this month about his role in the
targeting of journalists in a leak probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia
and colleague James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent a letter to
Holder saying recent media reports “appear to be at odds with
your sworn testimony.”

May 24, 2013

U.S. Justice Department defends journalist email search

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
said on Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder and other
senior officials vetted a decision to search an email account
belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea
prompted a leak investigation.

In a statement, the department said the search warrant for
the reporter’s email account followed all laws and policies and
won the independent approval of a federal magistrate judge.

May 23, 2013

Lawsuits seek more than U.S. acknowledgement of drone killings

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is
facing demands in court to reveal more about the U.S. drone
program, despite his speech addressing it on Thursday and his
government’s acknowledgement a day earlier that four Americans
have died in drone strikes.

Civil liberties advocates, news organizations and the
families of those who died have brought lawsuits in New York,
Washington and Oakland, California, challenging the government’s
refusal to provide information.