Congressmen Debate Holder's Veracity
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), said, “It is fair to say we are investigating the conflict” in Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony and the language in the affidavit that was used to argue in support of a search warrant of James Rosen's communications.
Holder was before Goodlatte's committee May 15 when he said that he wasnt aware or involved in any "potential prosecution" of reporters in the Justice Department's efforts to identify leakers of national intelligence.
Goodlatte said it is troubling that Holder seems to have contradicted actual events with his testimony, but the chairman added, what is more troubling is if the department put false information in the affidavit in order to get sign off on the warrant by a judge.
Rep Chris Van Hollen, a leading House Democrat, argued there is no conflict in reality at all.
"It is often the practice to target someone for purposes of gathering information for an investigation," but never have any intention to prosecute him, Van Hollen argued.