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Holder to meet with GOP lawmakers to explain testimony on reporter surveillance

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with House Republicans next week in a closed-door session to explain questionable testimony he gave on reporter surveillance.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Friday that Holder will meet with committee leaders and will respond in writing to questions submitted by the committee's Republican leadership about his May 15 testimony before the committee.

At the time, the attorney general said under oath he knew nothing of the "potential prosecution" of the press. Days later, it emerged that Holder was involved in his department's successful effort to obtain Fox News reporter James Rosen's personal emails -- the Justice Department sought access to the documents by arguing Rosen was a likely criminal "co-conspirator" in a leak case.

Earlier this month, Goodlatte and Republican leaders of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Holder urging him to appear before the committee to explain the discrepancies between his testimony and his decision to obtain a search warrant for Rosen's emails.

Judiciary committee Republicans rejected earlier responses to their questions about the testimony from Holder and a lower-level official DOJ official. 

Goodlatte said the committee expects Holder to completely answer all of its questions on his testimony, arguing that Americans and lawmakers "deserve answers on this important matter and accountability" from the attorney general.

"We have agreed to afford the Attorney General the opportunity to fully answer the original questions we sent him regarding his May 15th testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and to meet with him so he can further clarify the actions of the Justice Department regarding the search warrant they obtained for reporter James Rosen’s emails," Goodlatte said in a statement.

Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report.